After prom party is excellent alternative

By Clay Schuldt
Special for the Argus

Prom season is upon us and while many juniors and seniors are still worrying about finding dates and decent formal wear, their parents are worrying about what their kids will do after the prom.

For the last several years the parents of Caledonia High students have hosted an after prom party.  This year with the prom taking place at the Four Seasons Community Center on Saturday, May 5, the after prom party will be held in the high school/middle school commons. All juniors and seniors are invited to the event, even those who chose not to attend the prom, meaning formal wear is optional.

The after prom party, hosted by Caledonia parents has become a staple of the prom season. The planning committee for this year’s after prom party is being headed by Paula Augedahl, who is taking over for Sandy Welscher, who had headed the event for the past few years.

“It’s a safe and fun way to extend the night,” said Augedahl, who promises a fantastic evening full of games, prizes and surprises.

Augedahl is keeping this year’s prizes a secret, but she mentioned at past parties the students have won TVs, luggage and iPods.  All students attending the after prom party will receive a door prize, but there will be additional chances to win through raffles.

For one night the high school commons will be turned into a mini casino with games like black jack and craps. Students can cash in their winnings to buy extra tickets for the raffles.

“Since the after prom party is at the high school commons we’re able to do things different from the past,” explained Augedahl.  In addition to the casino style games, students will be able to play basketball, bean bag toss, or take part in a putting contest.

“We’re even bringing in a pool table for the party,” she noted.

“I want to thank all the area businesses for helping. This party is made possible from their donations,” said Augedahl.  According to Augedahl the donations were not limited to Caledonia business, but other businesses throughout Houston County.  In addition Augedahl wished to thank all the parents for their help. Over 30 parents have volunteered their time and money.  Those still wishing to contribute may drop donations off at the high school office.

The after prom party provides a safe alternative for students looking to enjoy their prom night once the dance is over.  The party will be supervised and there will be plenty of food and beverages for attendees.  The after prom party begins at 11 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m. Sunday morning.