Saturday, December 20, 2014

All-ages community prom set for Sunday

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 4/9/2014

It’s time to party.

And everyone is invited.

It’s time to party.

And everyone is invited.

Ottawa High School’s National Honor Society is sponsoring the first community prom from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Ottawa High School, 1120 S. Ash St., Ottawa. The theme is “A Whole New World.”

All ages are welcome — marking a change from the previous year’s post-prom dance, which only included students and senior citizens, Kristi Miller, National Honor Society sponsor at the high school, said.

“National Honor Society has traditionally sponsored a senior citizen prom,” she said. “It just seems like attendance has been very low in recent years. We were reviewing what we wanted to change for this year, and we thought we either needed to get rid of it or expand it because it just wasn’t serving enough of our community members to make it the time and expense to go into. We decided to expand the age group to include youngsters as well. The senior citizens enjoy watching the little kids play and dance. We thought that would be a good mixture to bring those generations and we thought, since we are opening it up to the elementary schoolers as well, why not open it up to the entire community?”

The community prom, which comes the day after the high school’s prom Saturday evening, is expected to feature several activities including face painting, games, snacks, a live band and balloon animals by “Grampa Pokey, the balloon clown,” Miller said.

“Some of the [high school] art students will be there face painting,” she said. “One of our students spent a lot of time putting together games for the kids to play. We will have snacks that are easy to grab and go. We aren’t providing a meal or anything, but we aren’t charging for any of the games or anything, and we are showing movies on the class projectors. Everything is going to be free.”

The Cyclone Room at the high school and the north gym will be used for the games and activities, Miller said, while the south gym will have music, dancing and the live band, which is comprised of students and community members.

The band is set to perform jazz music 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

National Honor Society members organized the event and will be working many of the games and activities, Miller said. The attire for community members attending the event is “comfy clothes.”

“It is encouraged to be a family event,” Miller said.

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