Many grads want to party all night long after the prom or graduation dinner and dance. We want to ensure their safety. A safe dry after-party can be a new tradition for your school that we believe the students deserve, and one that is already celebrated in many North American schools with great success. The students will always remember this special night in their life! The all-night, all-inclusive party starts immediately following the prom or graduation. Students and their guests are bussed to a different location (or go to a different area in the venue if the area is big enough) to begin theNight to Remember. This high energy alcohol- and drug-free event runs through to 5:00 am or 6:00 am with no reason for students to leave and go to another party. They are picked up by their parents. Throughout the night there is non-stop entertainment that could include a hypnotist, caricature artist, magician, contests or a temporary tattoo station. All night, the partiers are served food and refreshments. Donated prizes are given away throughout the night and all graduating students in attendance are eligible to win. A grand prize draw is made at the end of the party. To be successful and unforgettable, you will need to enlist the help of parents, volunteers, adults from the community and the school administration. Local businesses can be supportive with draw prizes. Most importantly, you need to plan all the details carefully to ensure it is a fun, safe event with no alcohol or drugs involved.
To start planning, MADD Canada has developed A Night to Remember Handbook that you can download with instructions and templates. Another helpful resource is An Unforgettable After-Grad written by Linda Hunter. For more information on this book visit www.safegradevent.com.