Plans are currently underway for the annual post prom at Downingtown High School East (DHSE). The event, which features fun activities, food and prizes, is designed to provide students a safe place to hang out after prom. This year's post prom will be held on Sunday, May 20, from midnight to 5 a.m. at the school.
Fundraisers for post prom include a designer bag bingo to be held on Sunday, March 11, at DHSE, 50 Devon Drive, Exton. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.; bingo will start at 1 p.m. Ticketholders will have an opportunity to win one of 13 designer handbags. Beverages and snacks will also be for sale.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to post prom," noted Libby Egnaczyk, a member of the post prom committee.
Tickets for the bingo fundraiser are available at DHSE. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. For ticket information, readers may call 610-363-6400.
According to Egnaczyk, the committee is currently finalizing plans for the post prom, which will feature the theme "Escape From East," referring to the virtual escape rooms that will be offered at the event.
Egnaczyk said one of the highlights of post prom is the prizes that are given out at the end of the evening. "Prizes are what the kids stay for," she said. "We give out $5,000 worth of merchandise." Prizes will include items that students might need for their college dorm rooms, such as coffee makers, TVs and mini-refrigerators. Gift cards are also given out as prizes.
Egnaczyk noted that most students attend post prom, a tradition that began in 2008. "It's becoming more and more popular each year," she said, noting that 400 students attended the event in 2017.
Among the students who plan to attend the event is DHSE senior Julia Tapper. "Most people I know are going. Everyone who went last year said it was fun," she said. "There is so much to do. There will be bounce houses and food, and there will be different (activities) in different classrooms."
Julia said that post prom is a good alternative to attending late-night parties after prom. "It is a safety (issue)," she added. "It's better to (attend post prom) than people going out and making bad decisions."
DHSE senior Michaela Salt attended post prom last year. "I thought it was fun," she said. "I really liked the bouncy houses. There were four or five of them in the gym." She said her favorite part of the evening was the artist who did caricature drawings.
"The event is designed to keep students safe in a drug- and alcohol-free fun environment," added Egnaczyk, who is also the community mobilizer for Downingtown Communities That Care (CTC), a nonprofit organization with a mission statement of "Empowering Youth to Make Positive Choices." "(Post prom) is a safe alternative for students, and it is in keeping with the mission of the CTC," she said.
For more information about the bingo or to donate items for post prom, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org.