Salisbury High moves after-prom party to Woodleaf Lanes
By Shavonne Potts
When the glitz and glamour of prom is over Saturday night, Salisbury High School officials say, students don’t have to go home. Instead, they can attend an after-prom party at Woodleaf Lanes.
Assistant Principal Christopher McNeil has spearheaded the event the last two years.
“I think with all the negative things out there, it’s something positive that’s happening in the community,” McNeil said.
He’s had help organizing this year’s event from teacher Felicia Young and Assistant Principal Dr. Michelle Taylor.
McNeil said Taylor was very instrumental in helping with this event.
The trio really began thinking about this year’s after party following the 2008 prom.
They knew they wanted to have the party at a local venue. McNeil said his wife, Stephanie, suggested the bowling alley. So he contacted Woodleaf Lanes and the business agreed to host the event.
“For economic purposes it’s the best fit,” he said. “It provides a safe, close, alcohol- and drug-free environment.”
It was about eight years ago that former Salisbury Assistant Principal Chris Boylan, now at Southeast Middle School, started organizing an after-prom event.
At that time, it was held out of the county, in Concord.
Organizers say they are glad to make it available closer to home now.
The party, which goes from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., is free to students, who also get unlimited pizza, wings and drinks.
There will also be an opportunity for a student who attends to win a $500 scholarship.
The party will feature two DJs, one of whom is a former student. McNeil said it will be a surprise for students.
Students will check in and out with school officials, which will provide parents an estimated time their children should arrive home.
Organizers got a great response from students last year and made every effort to have the after party again.
“The response is well received. It builds camaraderie. It also keeps local dollars here,” McNeil said.
The locale also means the drive to the event isn’t a long one, and the school is also providing transportation to and from the party.
“Parents should consider this is a good opportunity for supervision in a safe environment,” said Principal Windsor Eagle.
He added the school is fortunate students have supported continuing the event.
Some parents also show their support by donating money and others with their time as chaperones.