Colleen Eckman, chairwoman for the Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors was pleased to present a check, which provided funds to keep its residents safe.

The money was donated on behalf of the township to the Methacton Post-Prom committee to assist in the planning and events occurring this coming weekend.

“On behalf of the Lower Providence Board of Supervisors, we’d like to present you with our annual contribution toward the Methacton post-prom event,” said Eckman during the April 16 meeting of the supervisors. “It’s a very worthy cause, and we thank you for all your efforts putting this great event together.”

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Two Methacton High School parents organizing the event were present to accept the check for the post-prom. Representing the committee were Dana Reddington and Karen Kilgour.

“We know the community really benefits from your efforts,” said Eckman.

The check has become a rather regular occurrence, as the township annually donates to the event.

“We are in our 15th year,” said Reddington. “This is an all night event for the kids, Methacton juniors and seniors and their guests, to come to the high school.”

Those attending, however, might not recognize the typical space they have become accustom to seeing each and every school day.

“We basically transform it, so that when they walk in, they forget that they are in their school,” said the committee chair. “We have heard kids say that when they come in for the first time, ‘I can’t believe this is my school.’ The walls are all decorated.  The gym is filled with inflatables. The faculty dining room is a coffee house with live entertainment.”

She said the students look forward to the fun, and safe, event.

“There are tattoo artists,” said Reddington laughing. “Henna tattoos.”

From a hypnotists show, to magicians, competitive games to food galore, the committee chairs said it was a “big production.”

“We require about 300 volunteers,” said Reddington, from set-up to clean-up. “We couldn’t do it without our volunteers. Just as important, we couldn’t do it without our community.”

Reddington thanked Chief Bud Carroll and the supervisors for the continued support.

“It makes such a big difference for the community to know that we have the support of our elected officials and of our law enforcement,” she said. “It means the world to us.”

She continued on to joke that the 2 to 6 a.m. slots are still very open for any volunteers wishing to lend a hand. As previously published by LP TAP, a walk-through for the public of the post-prom event is held on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for guests to preview the happenings before the teens’ arrival.

The actual event will follow the Methacton Junior Senior Prom, which is slated for Saturday, April 26.

“Because of that [post-prom], we know that they are safe, and they aren’t out doing, you know, things that teens sometimes like to do,” said Reddington. “It has been proven it is one of the riskiest nights of the year for the life of a teenager, so we feel great that we, last year kept over 900 kids attended, so we know that we kept 900 kids safe. And we couldn’t do it without your help.”

For more information on the event, visit the LP TAP article that previously was printed last week. Alternatively, you can email methactonHSPostProm@gmail.com to obtain more information. Donations can be mailed for the event to Methacton Post Prom, P.O. Box 39, Eagleville, PA 19408-0039.