Parent-led organizations across the state like Gibraltar, Sturgeon Bay and Algoma are making sure students stay safe after the last song plays at their high school prom. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 300 teens have died in traffic accidents during their prom weekends over the last several years with many using the event as a bad reason to try alcohol or drugs for the first time. Post-prom activities organized by parents’ groups give an alternative by offering games, food, and prizes with either a small or no admission fee required. Shelly Anderson is helping organize this weekend’s Algoma Post-Prom at the city’s Youth Club building and says it usually draws about 100 students every year.
Anderson says numerous businesses every year step up to help make their post-prom a memorable and safe evening. Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee, Sevastopol, and Southern Door will also have their proms this month.