To The Daily Sun,
It is getting to be that time of year again, Spring is finally upon us and with it comes.....PROM! At Laconia High School, we are always excited about this special time of year as our students enjoy an evening of dressing up to the nines (who even says THAT anymore?) and enjoying an evening of fine food and dancing. It is ideally a time of enjoyable celebration among groups of teens who are united by their affiliation to their school and community.
Unfortunately, this is also a time of year where student risk behavior is elevated. The data indicates a significant increase in the incidence of both injuries and deaths that is connected to drugs and alcohol during the prom "season." This is not a new issue, it has been a problem within our nation's communities for many, many years.
Laconia has held the Laconia High School Chem-Free After Prom Party for the past two years. This event has been an outstanding success and has ensured that every participant has remained alcohol and drug free throughout the entirety of the prom and the overnight hours that follow. It has also been a complete blast for everyone who has participated, including teachers, administrators and our local police participants! But the real success has been that our kids have not just had a great time throughout the evening and into the next day. The real success in this effort is that our young people are safe and away from the negative, destructive influence of alcohol and drugs.
We are once again reaching out to you, the community, to help us make this night not just special but safe for our students. Over the years we have had outstanding support from the Gilford Cinema 8, First Student Bus Company and FunSpot have provided tremendous support during that time. Many community businesses, agencies and individuals have also provided financial support that has ensured this event is a hit every year
This year, we are shooting for 100 student participants for the Chem-Free After Prom Party. The event starts directly after the prom and runs until five the next morning, ensuring every student is having a blast and is actively engaged in fun, safe and positive activities during a dangerous time of year for our teens. If you are interested in supporting this important programming, do not hesitate to contact either of us at Laconia High School during the school hours Monday through Friday.
As always, we appreciate this community's constant efforts to support the Laconia High School and its efforts to help keep our students SAFE.....and college and career ready!
School Resource Officer, LHS
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