MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

March 16, 2013

Support prom program

— High school should be about getting ready for success in the real world. It should be about gathering the skills and knowledge to prepare for life after school.

High school can be a place to learn the social skills needed to find happiness, too.

High school is one the last times in a person’s life where he or she can have fun without the baggage of too much responsibility.

That’s where social settings such as prom become valuable and memorable parts of growing up.

A program at Muskogee High School helps students who want to go to prom by helping with the expense of formal wear, formal shoes and costume jewelry.

People can donate those items for use by students.

“We do not want the possibility of not having a dress deter someone from going to the prom,” says MHS librarian Jennifer Kilgore, who is helping collect the prom wear.

Kilgore said the school will take donations up to the week of the Junior-Senior prom on April 20.

Programs such as these are helpful to parents, too.

Prom can be very expensive for a parent who wants the best for his or her child but must balance that with food and other basic living expenses.

Prom should be something a student can look back on years later and remember how much fun life was in high school.

This program deserves the support of anyone who can remember how much fun he or she had at prom.

You can help

You can bring gently used formal wear, formal shoes and appropriate costume jewelry to the information booth at Muskogee High School, 3200 E. Shawnee Bypass, or the Muskogee Public Schools Professional Development Center, 208 W. Broadway.

Information: (918) 684-3750 or Jennifer-Kilgore@mpsi20.org.

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