The Advantages of Junior & Senior Prom Night
Attending prom is often a rite of passage for juniors and seniors in high school. Students anticipate prom all year long, and it rewards them for their hard work. By being limited to upperclassmen, prom also carries an element of exclusiveness that furthers the excitement surrounding this special event. Prom--and all of the work that goes into putting it together--provides numerous benefits for high school students.
Prom provides students with leadership opportunities. A successful prom is the result of students' planning and hard work. Whether it's booking a photographer and disc jockey, purchasing and assembling decorations, or soliciting support from local businesses, prom empowers students as leaders. Students develop peer leadership skills, learn to collaborate with each other, and hone their interpersonal skills while reaching out to the local community and businesses when promoting prom and seeking support for it.
Prom rewards students for their efforts throughout the school year. Many schools rely on prom as an incentive. Admittance to prom at these schools is contingent on academic performance, attendance and behavior. Prom can motivate students to pursue excellence both in and out of the classroom.
Prom provides a safe environment for students. Successful proms are well supervised by teachers, parents and other volunteers. Spring--the time during which most proms are held--is a time of celebration and excitement. Prom enables students to celebrate responsibly. Many schools have after-prom events that further ensure the safety of their students. These events, which often run all night, are designed to provide a safe late-night venue free of alcohol and other dangers that can accompany irresponsible celebrating. Post-prom events range from games to comedians to hypnotists and often feature an abundance of food and prizes.
Prom builds school spirit. Students often identify with their school and feel a sense of community due to prom. Prom can attract a range of students, including those who otherwise do not feel connected to the school through the usual extracurricular activities. In many schools, prom has aided in breaking down barriers that formerly separated groups of students from one another.
Rite of Passage
Prom can teach valuable social skills. Whether it's asking someone to attend prom, making dinner reservations, or coordinating plans with fellow students, prom introduces students to skills they may often rely on as adults.
Proms can enable students to give back to their community. Schools increasingly use prom to raise funds for local organizations and causes, such as cancer research centers, homeless shelters and humane societies. Using prom as a fundraiser can lead students to develop a commitment to service and philanthropy. Some proms also invite elderly community residents to partake in the festivities. These guests are often as excited about attending prom as the students.