On prom and graduation nights, at least six out of 10 high school students feel the pressure to drink alcohol or use drugs. Of those who partake, eight out of 10 are likely to get behind the wheel of a car. Alcohol-related injuries claim the lives of more than 5,000 teens each year. These deaths happen most frequently over prom and graduation weekends.
To circumvent these statistics, Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric’s (www.ApplewoodFixIt.com) $1,000 Caring Community Giveaway to Golden High School’s After-Prom Program will help bring fun activities and student scholarships to the After-Prom festivities. Golden’s After-Prom is recognized as the March winner in a program that has donated nearly $50,000 to local community nonprofits.
“Spring brings many rites of passage for high school students,” said John Ward, president of Applewood. “As a business that has high regard for safety, Applewood is happy to support an event that allows young people in our community to be in a secure environment after prom.”
Golden High School’s after prom committee works to combat this serious issue by providing a drug and alcohol-free environment where students can have fun and enjoy the night without the pressures of substance abuse and unsafe activities.
This is the 27th year of After-Prom and the event has become a tradition for upper-classmen. Activities include swimming, fortune telling, inflatable obstacle courses, carnival and casino games. The goal is to make the event entertaining enough that the students will want to stay there the entire night.”The kids just want a fun place where they can all hang out after prom,” said Jeanne Fielding, member of the planning committee.
The money from Applewood will be used for scholarships awarded at the end of the night. “We want to give our seniors a send-off gift before college. Applewood’s donation will help several students while providing another incentive to stay at the after-prom festivities and keep off the streets,” Fielding continued.