Into the wee hours: After Prom provides safe fun for students


By Heather Lusk

Parents are often concerned about kids’ safety on prom night. That’s why Zionsville Community High School is offering After Prom, a free post-prom event at ZCHS.

The April 13 party is for juniors and seniors to celebrate together with food, beverages and a casino offering a variety of prizes.

“I think parents feel very safe and secure that their child is safe and secure,” said Jill Sibila, president of Zionsville After Prom.

After Prom  is a tax-exempt entity separate from other organizations supporting the schools, such as the PTO and the Zionsville Educational Foundation.

More than 200 volunteers spend nearly six months soliciting donations. They also chaperone and decorate the high school.

This year’s theme is “Passport Palooza,” taking students on a cruise around the world. Different areas will represent either a tropical destination, France, Mexico, Africa or Ireland. Activities will include karaoke, silent disco, bounce houses and photo opportunities.

“It’s a whole community effort to support the cause of providing this environment for our kids,” Sibila said.

From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on prom night, the public can preview After Prom a few hours before students arrive. Young children can enjoy inflatables in the gym. Committee members estimate approximately 750 people will preview the decorations.

“The whole event is structured around providing a safe, alcohol-free and drug-free fun event for the students,” Sibila said. “We’re also putting a caveat in there: Stay until the end of the evening.”

Before After Prom ends at 3 a.m. Zionsville After Prom will award a minimum of five $500 scholarships to students who are present. Last year, 10 scholarships were distributed, some funded by After Prom and others by organizations such as Drug Free Boone County.