GREENVILLE – The upcoming Prom at Greenville High School (GHS) has Principal Jeff Cassell thinking about his students.
“I worry about that night,” he said. “You see horrific things that sometimes happen at Prom and after the Prom.”
In response to that worry, last year he and GHS Senior Class Advisor/Spanish Teacher Kathy Quinn decided to re-introduce the Car Giveaway at the end of After Prom. GHS After Prom is an annual activity sponsored by the GHS Senior Class with the assistance of the GHS Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club, providing students with a safe and fun place after they have left the Prom. The drawing for the car will take place at 2 a.m. at the end of After Prom, May 6 at GHS, following the Prom taking place at Romer’s Catering, in Greenville. Any student that purchases a Prom ticket, is eligible to win the car. The drawing is done at the end of the event, to help keep students in attendance.
“The whole idea is trying to keep kids safe,” Principal Cassell said. “Giving away a car entices kids to stay here the whole night to have a shot at it.”
President of SVG Chevrolet, in Greenville, Steve VanGorder said giving GHS a car is all about being a part of the community and getting involved with grassroots initiatives.
“What better way to get involved than with the local high school,” VanGorder said. “Greenville has been really good to our SVG team. This is a small way we can try and say ‘Thank you’. We think it’s a good cause, trying to keep the kids out of trouble on Prom night.”
While the car is a big draw, Senior Class Officers: President Tiona Thompson, Vice-President Justin McMiller, Secretary Sydney Oda, Treasurer Lessie Cable and Reporter Molly Hunt have been making big plans for After Prom. Some include two inflatables, an ice cream bar and Mario Kart Racing.
“Everyone can find something to do that they are interested in to have fun and be safe,” Class Treasurer Cable said.
In addition to the car, about $1,000 in prizes will go home with students in attendance.
“As the night goes on, the prizes get bigger and bigger,” Cable said. “Almost everyone goes home with something.”
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