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East High School parents organize prom night for students

Published: Mar. 30, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Due to health and safety guidelines, Laramie County School District 1 will not be hosting a prom for its students this year. It wasn’t more than a few seconds after seeing the look in one senior’s eyes, that parents of East High School students made the decision to host it themselves.

“In probably 10 seconds we just said welp we’re going to do it then, so that’s kind of how the whole thing started,” said Jamie Buell, whose son is a senior at East.

It’s more than just started now, the parents have locked down Little America’s Ballroom as the venue and has many of the pieces to help make it a memorable night for students. The parents said the pandemic has taken a lot from these kids, and they deserve to have the memory of their prom night.

“It’s just a way of recognizing that we’re getting close hopefully to the end, and it gives our seniors particularly, a way of ending this year on a positive note,” said Kim Rayl, whose son is a senior at East.

“After the year they’ve had, it just means the world to us to be able to do what we can to give them at least a few of the experiences that meant so much to us when we were growing up,” said Buell.

The EHS parents hosting this prom has also snowballed into parents at Central High School planning a prom for their students. Though it hasn’t been confirmed if parents at South High School will be doing the same, SHS’ Principal, Phil Thompson, applauds local parents for coming together to make this happen.

“I think recognizing all these students have been through the last couple years is really important. I’ve been talking to our kids because I want them to feel included. We’re going to do all the normal things we can to try and get through this and help our kids feel as normal as possible.”

Buell said they plan on following the public health guidelines that are in place at the time and make the event as safe as possible. That includes a limit on capacity, temperature checks and having hand sanitizer around the venue.

The prom is set for April 24th from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. and tickets must be purchased by an EHS junior or senior. For more information on the event, you can head to the google doc here or email eastprom2021@gmail.com.

At this time, Cheyenne Central parents are looking for a venue to host their prom as well. We will update as we know more.

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