High school receives grant

To provide safe post-prom event

HOWLAND — A recently formed Post Prom Committee received a first-place grant of $2,000 to provide Howland High School students a substance-free post-prom event.

The Herren Project’s Purple and Proud Grant promotes safe and substance-free after-prom parties and events. The grant annually is open to high schools that want to host a prom party that promotes substance-free fun.

At the beginning of the year, the Howland High School administration, faculty and staff made it their mission to educate students and the community on the importance of remaining substance free through various programs and assemblies.

In keeping with that mission, a few parents discussed ways to become proactive with students in order to keep them safe. As a result, the Post Prom Committee was formed to organize an event for all Howland junior and senior students regardless of whether or not they attend prom.

To apply for the Purple and Proud Grant, the committee submitted and essay, budget and PowerPoint presentation in February.

“As with many communities, we have had an unprecedented number of heroin overdoses,” the committee wrote in its essay. “We want our students to realize that it’s possible to party without drugs or alcohol. For the first time in school history, we want to provide a supervised, safe, drug- and alcohol-free alternative for our students.”

A team of seven Herren Project committee members then reviewed all applicants, removing the names of the schools and organizations to ensure fairness during the selection process, and choose three winning schools for a first-place award of $2,000, a second-place prize of $1,000 and $500 for third.

“… We have extremely driven, passionate and devoted committee members who will do anything to offer this event so that we can rest easy knowing our students are safe, off the streets and in a drug- (and) alcohol-free environment,” the committee wrote.

Howland’s Post Prom Committee was notified in April that the high school won the first-place grant award of $2,000, which the committee said will be helpful as it continues to raise money, gather door prizes and promote the prom event.

Second place went to Union County High School in Liberty, Ind., and Fairmont High School in Fairmont, Minn., took third place.

“Our end goal is for students to be safe and to end the night happy that they chose our post-prom party. Our superintendent and principal are extremely excited and are hoping for this to become an annual event,” the committee wrote.

Following the prom Friday, students will be transported by bus to Fun ‘n’ Stuff in Macedonia, an indoor / outdoor amusement venue that offers after prom-packages.

Partygoers will have access to several activities, including laser tag, go-karts, mini golf, bumper cars, arcade games, bowling, batting cages, laser room and rock wall climbing, as well as food and beverages.

Students will have the opportunity to win a variety of door prizes ranging in value of $10 to $500, including gift cards, event tickets, movie tickets, dorm / first apartment items such as a mini fridge, microwave, television, kitchen set and much more.

Various colleges and pro sports teams have donated spirit items as well. A local business donated a $500 scholarship / cash prize to be awarded to a student who attends.

For more information on the Herren Project, visit www.theherrenproject.orgor www.thpprojectpurple.org.

Individuals or businesses interested in donating or learning more about the Howland High School post-prom party can email the committee at HHSpostprom@yahoo.com. Any donations received will be advertised and displayed on Howland High School’s Wall of Thanks.