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Many working to keep prom safe

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By The Staff

Saturday marks prom night and a local group of parents is helping keep Los Alamos High School students and their guests safe and sound during and after the annual event.

The prom runs from 9 p.m.-midnight at Fuller Lodge, and multiple businesses, organizations and volunteers in Los Alamos have coordinated after-prom activities for Los Alamos High School juniors and seniors beginning at 12:45 a.m. early Sunday morning after the prom Saturday.

Students with a valid Los Alamos High School ID gain free entrance to the Reel Deal Theater, which will show four different movies from 12:45 to 3:30 am. Onscreen will be “The Forbidden Kingdom” (rated PG-13), “Forgetting Sara Marshall” (rated R), “21” (rated PG-13) and “Prom Night” (rated PG-13). The concession stand will be open to purchase snacks and beverages. Community volunteers will be helping to chaperon.

Those hungry after the movies may walk down to the United Church of Los Alamos at 525 Canyon Road to Craig Hall. Students can gain entrance to Craig Hall, the small building with pre-school park equipment in front of it, off of Rose Street south of the church.

From 2 a.m.-4 a.m., volunteers will serve free breakfast burritos, beverages and fruit prepped by Central Avenue Grill. Foosball, pool tables, TV and music are all a part of the Craig Hall atmosphere.

All events are free and chaperoned.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Central Avenue Grill, the United Church of Los Alamos, the Reel Deal Theater, Kimberly McCormick, Los Alamos County Police, and parents and community volunteers are all contributing time an energy to keeping prom safe.

For information, contact Kim McCormick at 412-3019, JJAB Coordinator Debbie Gill at 412-9371, or access www.losalamosjjab.com.

Prom 101

• Students and guests must present at the door a current photo I.D. in order to be admitted to the prom. There will be no exceptions.

• No tickets will be sold at the door; tickets were on sale in A-wing lobby at lunch through today.

• Sophomores and freshmen are not permitted to attend the prom.

• Students may bring one guest. Guests must be a junior or senior in high school and be approved prior to the purchase of tickets by completing the required guest form. No guests older than 20 will be approved.

• Students and guests must arrive at the dance no later than 11 p.m. or they will not be admitted.

• Students and guests may not leave the dance and re-enter.

The prom is a formal event, and students and guests should dress appropriately. Examples of formal attire for young women include spaghetti strap, strapless, sleeveless and backless gowns. Examples of formal attire for young men include dress slacks and dress shirt (tie and/or sportcoat optional). Jeans, T-shirts, and athletic or skate shoes are not permitted. The administration reserves the right to determine what constitutes appropriate attire and turn away inappropriately dressed students and guests at the door.

The prom is chaperoned by LAHS parents, LAHS staff members and LAPD officers.

All students and guests are monitored with a passive breathalizer at the door. If there is a suspicion that a student or guest is under the influence of an illegal substance, a direct breathalizer test will be required. The LAPS drug and alcohol policy and consequences will be in effect and will be dealt with by an LAHS administrator on an individual basis.