PTAs get grant to finance after-prom activities Goal is to discourage alcohol, drug use

March 21, 1997

The Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs will help high schools pay for after-prom activities this spring in hopes of drawing seniors away from parties serving alcohol and drugs and reducing the number of students who are driving drunk.

Parents hope the prospect of grants will get more school groups to provide what they consider a safe place for seniors to enjoy themselves after the formal prom, said Esther Parker, president of the countywide PTA.

The PTA umbrella group won a $2,600 grant from the State Highway Administration, which offers federally funded grants through local traffic safety task forces. This is the first time the PTA has received such a grant.

"We want the kids to have fun, but we want to make sure there is somewhere they are not exposed to drinking and driving and that whole scene," said Clifton Prince, principal of Southern Senior High School, where an after-prom breakfast is a longtime tradition.

Southern's breakfast runs until about 3 a.m. Parents turn the cafeteria into a garden and serve free quiches, fruits and other food to students.

Prince said his school will apply for a PTA Council matching grant to help cover the cost of what area companies don't donate.

The size of the grants will depend partly on how many school apply, but the minimum will be $200, according to Carolyn Roeding, who is heading the grant committee. The application deadline is April 30.

Nearly half the 200 or so students who went to Southern's prom in May returned for the breakfast, Prince said.

"You have a variety of students who need that kind of thing, who maybe didn't go to dinner or aren't going to stay out all night and then go out to breakfast," he said.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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