Planning for first LHS chem-free after prom party underway

LACONIA – Members of Freedom Found — an empowerment group at the Laconia High School — joined the Police Commissioner yesterday to promote the city's first "Chem- Free" prom night event.
"Chem-Free" night in Laconia is likely to include a bus ride from prom at Gunstock Inn to the movies and then to Fun Spot for the remainder of the evening. Breakfast will be served at Endicott Park the morning following prom.
Working in conjuntion with the Laconia Police and with donations so far from Exxon Mobile, Meredith Village Savings Band and a local physician, the group hopes to raise about $5,000 so that every prom attendee can go the Chem Free night without paying.
The purpose is so that prom goers can go some place fun after prom yet not be involved in risky behavior such as alcohol, drugs or sex. The evening will be monitored by sponsors such as teachers, parents, and volunteer police officers.
Chief Chris Adams said he expects police to donate over 100 hours to the event, including serving the breakfast that will be cooked by high school volunteers.
School Resource Officer Steve Orton is the coordinator between the police and the school and noted that last year over 700 young people died in car accidents in the United States in May and June. While he said he can't directly attribute the statistic to prom or graduation, he believes many of the deaths occurred on those nights.
Capt. Bill Clary, who will be serving breakfast the next morning, said the Chem-Free night goes hand-in-hand with the mission and goals of the LPD and the Community.
For more information or to make a donation, please call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5252, High School Principal Jim McCollum, or Guidance Counselor Phil Reed.

CAPTION (Chem Free) Student from Freedom Found meet with the ranking members of the Laconia Police Department and the Police Commissioners at their meeting yesterday to promote the city's first Chem-Free after hours prom party. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)