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Methacton Welcomes Community to Preview Post-Prom

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It is that time of year again. The tuxedo rentals have been ordered. Flowers are being prepared. The dress searching and accessorizing is comingi to a close. That’s right, it is Methacton Prom Season.

The high school’s juniors and seniors, and their anxious dates, however are not the only ones that can get in on the fun.

“An open invitation is extended to the Methacton School District community to attend Methacton High School’s Post-Prom Community Walk-Through,” said Angela Linch, the district’s Coordinator of Communications and Community Services. The event will be held for free and open to the public on Friday, April 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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The post-prom event is held at Methacton High School, located at 1001 Kriebel Mill Road in Eagleville.

Those hoping to get a peek at the action will be given a shot by visiting the event before the special guest attendees arrive.

“Guided tours of the event will be given before the students arrive,” said Linch.

This isn’t the district’s first stab at the post-celebration event.

“Methacton’s Post-Prom is celebrating its 15th year offering students a safe, fun alternative to after-prom parties,” said Linch. “All eligible juniors and seniors at Methacton High School are invited to the free Post-Prom event even if they do not attend the Prom.”

To keep it active and interesting, the students select a theme each year. The 2014 theme for post-prom is “Lights! Camera! Action! ... It’s Showtime!”

The district is proud of the successful program, that keeps children safe and prevents acts of drinking, driving under the influence, or other unsafe situations.

“Methacton’s Post Prom is one of the largest, most successful in the area, attracting approximately 900 students,” said Linch. “Hundreds of volunteers from the parent-body and the greater community come together every year to pull off this incredible event.

Each year even the elementary schools get in on the act, donating goods, services, baskets and even decorating bathroom stalls. Parents of younger students, however, aren’t the only ones known to sneak a peek.

“Among the nearly 1,000 visitors that tour the Community Walk-Through, are representatives from the surrounding school districts who come to see and learn what makes Methacton the premier post prom celebration in Montgomery County,” said Linch.

Linch said the aim of the popular event is simple.

“The two highest risk nights for teens are after prom and graduation,” she said. “Post-Prom offers students a safe, drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free option. This is not just another social event.

The event isn’t just a quick stop, either.

“Immediately following the prom, students spend the entire night at the school in a secure environment,” said Linch. “The building is transformed with decorations and activities are planned throughout the night including, inflatable games, sporting events, casino tables, Wii games, a coffee house with student entertainers, and roving performers including fortune tellers and balloon artists.”

The teens are offered unlimited food during the night, and the best comes to those who wait.

“The highlight takes place in the morning when Methacton juniors and seniors are eligible for some amazing prizes including iPads, laptops, flat screen TVs, Blue Ray players, video game systems, and sporting event and concert tickets just to name a few,” said Linch of the door prizes.

Methacton’s Post-Prom is free to all Methacton juniors and seniors and their prom dates. All monies raised and supplies used come from donations made by parents, community members and local businesses. All of the hardwork doesn’t come cheap.

“The cost to pull off this event is approximately $40,000,” said Linch.

And the district isn’t done searching for helping hands.

“Volunteers are always needed the night of Post Prom,” said Linch. “Adults wishing to volunteer may contact Dawn Pataki at dbp517@verizon.net. Donations or questions can be referred to this year’s Post Prom Co-Coordinators, Kimberlee Beam 610-888-8204, Karen Kilgour 610-304-2503 or Dana Reddington 610-539-4726.”

Linch said the district greatly appreciates the help thus far.

“Support for events such as Post Prom benefit everyone – the students who are kept away from risky activities, the parents who gain peace of mind, and the greater community in which the students reside. Please help keep our kids safe.”

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