Published DateTo the editor,
We would like to publicly thank everyone who supported our recent "Chem-Free After Prom Party" for the students of Laconia High School. This successful and positive event, which was organized through the efforts of Officer Steve Orton and Students Against Destructive Decision-making (SADD), students and staff from Freedom Found and Stand Up Laconia, offered students who committed to being drug-free a truly wonderful time. In this initial effort, we had over 60 students join us for a night that was safe, drug and alcohol free and fun for everyone.
Our evening started after the prom ended. By 11:30 we are all on the bus in the parking lot of The Gunstock Ski Area. We took the bus, the cost of which was fully covered by our transportation friends at First Student, over to Funspot. There we had free reign of the games and bowling until 2 a.m. Students had a wonderful time but I think some of the chaperons may have had even more laughs while engaging in "Deal or No Deal" while eating pizza and donuts. It was great to see all the smiles and hear the laughter from our students and chaperons throughout our entire time at Funspot and we thank them for their support of this effort.
At 2 a.m. we loaded up the bus for a trip over to the Gilford Cinema 8. Thanks to their support, we were able to watch Iron Man 3-D on its opening night (technically, the morning of its second day) while enjoying some very outstanding popcorn. After the show, we held our give-aways and students walked away with gift cards, iPods and many other prizes, once again due to the significant community support that occurred to make this initiative happen for our students.
To wrap up the event, we took an early morning drive over to Weirs Beach and had a sunrise breakfast on the beach that was sponsored by our local school district food service program. In summary, lots of great food, lots of great company and a completely enjoyable event for all who chose to participate.
The following agencies and businesses are the reason this event was able to happen and we are very appreciative for their constant commitment to the young people of Laconia.
Thanks so much to: Laconia City Council, Laconia Police Department, Meredith Village Savings, Gilford Cinema 8, Gilford Mobil and Summit Distributors, Dunkin Donuts, McDonald's, Papa Gino's, Sal's Pizza, Uno's, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Hart's Turkey Farm, T'Bones/Catus Jack's, The Kellerhaus, The Vintage Café, MC Cycle, New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Dr. Gauthier DDM , U-frame We-frame, St. Andre Bessette Parish, All MY Life Jewelers, Super Cuts, Tanger Outlets, Lakes Region Cupcakes, Mary Kay, Home Goods and Hair Excitement....and our parent and staff chaperones!
LHS Resource Officer, Counselor