After Prom relocating to Shawnee
De Soto High School students will stay in Shawnee for their After Prom event this year.
Robert O'Neill, president of the DHS Cat Booster Club, said after attending prom at Parkway West, 13030 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Shawnee, students will travel just a few hundred feet to After Prom at Powerplay, 13110 W. 62nd Terrace.
"After Prom is intended to provide a safe, but fun, venue for DHS students on prom night as a follow-on to the prom itself," O'Neill said.
After Prom will begin at about midnight and last until 4 a.m. Students who attend will get to play laser tag, ride go-carts, drive bumper cars and play arcade games. There will be pizza, pasta and a taco buffet as well as a dance floor and karaoke.
O'Neill said parents will chaperone the event and the Booster Club will contract with the Johnson County Sheriff's Department for security.
To raise money for After Prom, the Booster Club had a silent auction and ice cream socials. A big portion of the event is paid for by the proceeds from the De Soto calendar the club puts out, O'Neill said.
Last year, prom was at Cedar Creek Clubhouse and After Prom was at De Soto High School, O'Neill said.
"The prom committee decided to change the location and I think that was partly driven by the size," he said. "The classes are increasing at De Soto High School and they felt they needed more room."
After Prom was moved to give relief to parent volunteers and to have a location closer to the prom site, O'Neill said.
"We had always done the After Prom at the high school, but when you do that it takes an awful lot of effort on the part of parents and volunteers," he said. "We decided to try something different this year."
O'Neill said there will be plenty of door prizes, mostly geared toward seniors who are about to graduate and head off to college.
In his experience chaperoning the event, the students have fun.
"The whole idea is to give kids an alternative to doing things that parents maybe wouldn't be all that keen on," he said. "The kids certainly seem to enjoy it. The boys certainly enjoy the food."