During the last Grad Night meeting parents, Tori Sandburg and Alicia Hill threw around the idea of putting on prom in light of the high school administration indecision over the school staff capabilities of hosting prom due to the COVID restrictions.
“These poor kids have had nothing all school year, and we were worried that it would get too late once the decisions were made on the May 1 and the June 1 deadlines for opening up, so we said, ‘ok let’s just do it.’”
The event will be held at the Dry Gulch at the Fairgrounds on May 22 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and the theme is the Midnight Masquerade because this has been the year of the mask. The prom is for seniors only, although attendees can bring a date who may not be a senior the Date must still be in high school. “Because of capacity it has to be someone in the senior class, and they can bring a date,” said Sandberg.
Parents did talk to the staff at the high school who said they weren’t in a situation to even talk about the decision until May 1. Vice Principal Rachel Knight said they don’t even have firm plans for graduation, although it was something they would like to do.
“Basically, they couldn’t guarantee that they would be able to do it,” said Sandberg. “We did say if the school wants to do one maybe they will do the Junior prom, and we’ll do the seniors. These poor kids haven’t gotten to do anything in terms of fun this year, and they need it.”
Sandberg said there will be a King and Queen and a Prince and Princess. There will be ballot boxes at the event and the attendees can vote when they get there.
“Julian’s mom is going to make cupcakes and Alicia is going to do pictures, and Shannon Davis, they are all helping,” said Sandberg, about the group of moms.
She said students will have to enter the Dry Gulch because of the construction on the Civic Center from the east side of the facility through the access road near the campgrounds. Because of the logistics with the fairgrounds location, the moms were worried about kids sneaking off – they asked a group of the Navy personnel who need to earn their community service volunteer hours so there will be security and chaperones at the event.
Additionally, the Stuff n Such Thrift Store, located at 99 S. Nevada Street, has opened the prom closet and have a wide range of dresses and formal wear. Students can get FREE dresses and formal wear, including shoes and jewelry. Must be accompanied by a parent and have a High School ID.
Parents have set up a Facebook page for the event where students can find more information: CCHS Senior Prom.