Planning for After Prom PartyThe Dickinson Kiwanis Club is celebrating the 25th year of hosting the After Prom Party for juniors and seniors at Dickinson High School and Trinity High School.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
The Dickinson Kiwanis Club is celebrating the 25th year of hosting the After Prom Party for juniors and seniors at Dickinson High School and Trinity High School.
“It’s going to be magic, comedy and hypnosis,” said Dorothy Schlabsz, party coordinator.
The party starts at 11 p.m. on Saturday in DHS’s new gymnasium. Activities continue until 3 a.m.
“In past years, it was held at Berg Elementary,” she said. “This year, students exit the building from the school dance and reenter from the southeast entrance — the bottom parking lot. No other doors are accessible.”
The entertainment features Mystical Minds of Dickinson — Greg Wilkinson and Ron Rhoades of Dickinson.
“The magic comedy show is the first part of the night,” she said.
Midnite Mike and the Rock and Roll Hypnosis Show, featuring Mike Wilkinson of Dickinson, will follow Mystical Minds.
“We had Mike last year and the kids really loved it,” she said. “There’s no games per se. Of course, the highlight are the drawings for grand prizes.”
With the $2.50 admission tickets, students are eligible for drawings throughout the evening. Grand prizes include flat-screen TVs and lap-top computers.
“I want to make sure we give lots of thanks to the area merchants. Without their contributions, we couldn’t do this,” Schlabsz said.
“The food court is the first place they come,” she added. “We will have sub-sandwiches, pizza, sweets, chips, pop, vegetable and fruit trays — you name it.”
Susie Veverka is spearheading the food court, while Tammy Kramer is assisting Schlabsz with planning, decorations and serving that night.
“There is just minimal decorations. Basically, we wanted to come up with themes to interest the kids,” said Kramer. “I’ve seen the magic show. It’s far more than magic. They’re so funny and they pick on kids in good taste — the kids love that.”
In addition to the committee volunteers, Schlabsz looks to the parents for additional help.
“We sent letters to the sophomore parents, encouraging them to step forward and help. We welcome anyone for that matter,” she said. “For the most part, we have it covered, although it’s always nice to have a couple extra volunteers.”
While Schlabsz’ children are grown, she believes the After-Prom Party is a worthy cause.
“The club looks at the party like a safe alternative, because it’s considered a high risk night for prom-goers nationwide, not just in Dickinson,” she said. “It is something positive for the youth of the community.”
Schlabsz said the After-Prom Party is for juniors and seniors and their dates from Dickinson High School and Trinity High School.
”You don’t have to go to prom or have a date to come to this,” she said. “I certainly think it will be fun and entertaining. It’s nothing costly for them — visit with their friends at the same time and enjoy the good food.”