Would holding prom on a weeknight and requiring kids to be at school the next day help cut down on drinking and excessive partying by minors?
Some schools, like Pearl River in New York, think so and have moved their junior prom to a Wednesday night and their senior prom to a Sunday night.
“High schools around the country have long held weekday proms to take advantage of lower prices at hotels and social halls, but many either schedule such events before a day off for, say, teacher development, or allow students to miss school the day after with their parents’ permission.”
“Not in Pearl River. Bill Furdon, the principal of the high school, said that if the threats about sports and schoolwork do not work to maintain attendance, promgoers in future years who fail to show up the next morning may not be allowed to walk at graduation.”
“There are carrots as well as sticks. Pearl River promgoers will be welcomed to school the morning after with a breakfast of eggs, sausage and bacon served by the P.T.A. There will be field day events until noon, followed by regular classes.”
Other schools have planned class trips instead of prom and specific after-prom outings to keep kids occupied.
Our local high school is taking a different approach to help curb drinking. My 8-year-old daughter wrote a letter today for homework imploring a high school student not to drink and drive. She said her letter along with many others from the elementary school would be given to a random student at the high school. I guess to make them think before prom this weekend.
So what do you think: Would you like prom to be scheduled on a weeknight with attendance requirements the next day? Do you think it would help curb the drinking and the partying? Would it ruin the fun of the actual dance?
What do you think of the other solutions?
Letter campaign from younger students?