Archive for Thursday, March 6, 2008

All Night Prom leadership changes; event stays in Eudora

March 6, 2008

Though Bruce and Bonnie Neis will not be in charge Eudora High School's All-Night Prom, it will stay mostly the same under the leadership of Beverly Gadberry.

After a call for someone to replace the Neises went unanswered. Gadberry, whose son is a junior at EHS, decided to take over.

"Well, I wanted to get involved and I love to organize things a lot and I just felt like this was a good opportunity," Gadberry said. "I knew Bonnie had done such a fabulous job in the past and she had the process and she had really good notes and I thought it would be a really easy thing for me to step in and take things over because they have made it so successful every year."

All Night Prom, which is after the prom from 1 to 5:30 a.m., is paid for and staffed completely by parents with children in 11th or 12th grade, has been a Eudora tradition since 1990.

"It's absolutely amazing the commitment on their part to go in and provide a safe and drug free environment for the kids," Superintendent Marty Kobza said. "The most powerful teaching is through the example that is set and the parents dedicating and committing a number of hours of voluntary service for this sets a terrific example for the kids.

The Neises, who by Bonnie's estimation headed up the group of parents for the last nine to 10 years, stepped down last fall.

After they stepped down, the plan was to hold the event at the Incred-A-Bowl at Olathe. But many students wanted to keep the event in Eudora, so it was moved back to its original location in the Eudora Middle School gym

"The rumors throughout the city were that none of the kids wanted to get on a bus and go over there (to Olathe), Gadberry said. "Then, at the first committee meeting we had in February, the group chose to keep it here."

Gadberry oversees five committees:

¢ decorating

¢ games

¢ food

¢ prizes and fundraising

¢ clean-up

Those on the clean-up committee do not have to stay all night, but instead come in early in the morning after the event is over.

Gadberry said those who don't want to attend the event still could contribute by preparing and or bringing food, as well as donating prizes.

"The community is really great at supporting this event and we appreciate it very much," Gadberry said. "We would love to have full participation from the junior and senior parents the more the merrier."

The only change that will be made is the theme, which is a surprise and will not be announced until the students see it that night. This makes sense because All Night Prom is for them.

"It's really a very fun safe event for the kids," Gadberry said.

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