Elementary students have advice for prom goers
When cummerbunds and corsages are delivered by local florists in time for Saturday's proms, there will be a message inside each box that encourages older students to make smart decisions this weekend.
No alcohol. No drugs. As simple as that.
It's known as the Prom Card project.
Every year, area students in kindergarten through sixth grade design prom cards with personal messages and drawings.
Young students have written compassionate messages about loved ones and friends who have been harmed or killed because of alcohol- or drug-related activities and shared those heart-rending stories with prom-bound students.
Pam Thomas started the project 13 years ago. She knows of one high school student who changed his prom night plans after receiving his Prom Card. Admitting he had secured alcohol and booked a room for prom night, the high school student told Thomas that he couldn't go through with his plans.
"That's just powerful," she said. "To affect a student like that is awesome. Then you have to think, how many people did he affect in turn?"
About 800 to 1,000 cards are designed, sorted and delivered to the florists each year for delivery to students attending prom.
Columbus East Senior Michael Weiss was surprised when he received a prom card in his cummerbund box last year. He said it did make an impression.
"I'm not one to get into drugs," Weiss said. "But it was nice to know the kids care about our well-being. I think it's important that we're good role models for the younger students."
Zerek Greathouse, a fifth-grade student at Lillian C. Schmitt Elementary, said he wants the recipient of his prom card this year to have a good time on prom night, but without using alcohol or drugs.
"I don't want them to waste prom night in a wreck or in the hospital," he said.
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- Posted on May 1, 2013