Real Life SADD: Post-Prom Party
For the past 20 years, Canajoharie High School’s SADD chapter has hosted the Post-Prom Party, a night of fun that starts at 1:00 a.m. and goes until about 6:00 a.m. Each year they have almost every junior and senior registered at the school attend the event along with their guests. They have such high attendance because students look forward to the event each year and the chapter receives strong collaboration and support from the school administration. Students sign up for the Post-Prom Party when purchasing their prom tickets. If a student chooses not to sign up for the event, the school administration makes a phone call home to the parents to let them know their child did not sign up. Most students come in the next day and sign up for the event. What makes this Post-Prom Party successful and different from other parties is the support from the community. Canajoharie’s SADD chapter demonstrates the true meaning of community collaboration. Parents, teachers, and other community adults volunteer every year to work the event all night alongside freshman and sophomore SADD students. The SADD chapter works all year to raise funds for the event. This year they raised $10,000 for their party by selling Thanksgiving pies, collecting old cell phones, and having bake sales, spaghetti dinners, and much more. They also received generous donations from local business and communities. The junior and seniors vote on the Post-Prom Party t-shirt before the event, and the t-shirts are designed by art students at the school. Their actual event is packed with activities and attractions, including sumo wrestling, human foosball, laser tag, photo key chains, hypnotists, comedians, DJs, and, of course, lots of food. They also raffle off prizes all night long with one large prize at the end of the night. For a small school with only 400 students, an event of this magnitude for a SADD chapter is monumental and keeps their friends safe while showing how easy it is to have a good time living the SADD lifestyle. Canajoharie SADD chapter is the third-place winner of the 2008 SADD National Activity of the Year Award.