It’s an effort that’s quickly spreading across southern Virginia. Students from 41 schools are participating in these after prom parties. Giles County’s event is coming up Saturday. It’s the most anticipated time of the year for high school juniors and seniors.
“She’s wearing a purple dress, I’m wearing light grey with a purple vest”
For SCA President at Giles High School, River Lane and about 300 of his peers,
“People gotta wait to sit, like that’s how many people are in here eating.”
It’s all about the the Party after the prom.
“Right here is going to be our photo booth, as you can tell we’re obviously doing a hippy theme and people will come over here, we’ll go take pictures,” said Lane.
“We live in a very small town, there’s not really anywhere for the kids to go and of course when the prom ends at 11, they’re not really ready to go home,” said, Beth Lucus, After prom coordinator for Giles County.
Photo booths, games, plenty of food and prizes are enough to keep these students entertained and awake until the festivities come to an end at 4 a.m.
Replacing idle time is a plus, but this after prom party is a part of a greater cause.
“All of the drunk driving and drug driving accidents that were happening around prom season and prom time especially around Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” said, Tracey Coltrain, Director of RAYSAC.
A 30-year initiative by the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition or RAYSAC, it’s mission is to safely keep students confined to one place and off the roads on Prom nights.
Organizers at RAYSAC say the effort has been a success.
“We haven’t had a single drunk driving or drug driving accident for those students that participated,” said Coltrain.
In 2017, almost 5,000 teens from high schools across Southern Virginia stayed until the end of their school’s after prom party. All of them made it home safely to their families.
“We are keeping them in a fun environment where they’re having a good time, with food and drink but not alcohol or drug related,” said Coltrain.
“It’s going to keep you out trouble keep you from doing things you shouldn’t do and we all get to be together and have a great time,” said Lane.
At least 300 students from Giles and Narrows will celebrate their after prom in this community center Saturday.