The Kingsland Post-Prom Committee is coming up with some novel ways to fund a novel post-prom party for Kingsland students Saturday, May 6.

As is tradition, Kingsland’s prom attendees – juniors and seniors and their significant others – will enjoy a night out on Saturday, May 6, wearing their finest and taking advantage of the transformation of the Kingsland High School gymnasium to an enchanted hall filled with lights, balloons and plenty of good tunes.

As is tradition, right after the last song, the fun certainly doesn’t stop, since the students always take off for more adventures throughout the night, courtesy of the Kingsland Post-Prom Committee. Usually, the post-prom party is held locally, often on school grounds.

However, this year, post-prom committee member Andrea Hindt explained that the post-prom party will be held across the Mississippi River in La Crosse at Shenanigans, starting immediately after prom is over when charter buses transport the students to La Crosse.

“We are trying something new. The kids will have food, prizes and fun. Shenanigans has an arcade, paintball, laser tag, hamster ball and other fun activities. The kids get the whole facility to themselves,” said Hindt. “When they leave Shenanigans, the buses will bring them back to the high school, and the drawings for prizes will be held at that time. Our goal is to give the kids a fun after-prom party, so we wanted to try something different. The party is a fun, safe event for the kids, and parents know where the kids are and that they are safe.”

The 2017 post-prom committee has approached the process of funding the after-party differently than other committees have as a means of providing fun for the students and relief for local business owners who have been very generous in donating toward the cause.

“In past years, the post-prom committee did ask businesses for donations. This year, the junior parents have done some very successful, creative fundraisers,” said Hindt. “We know the businesses get hit up for donations quite often, so this year, we wanted to try to raise the funds on our own. We have very generous businesses in the Kingsland area that have always been willing to help out, but this year, the committee decided that we did not want to approach the businesses because they get asked for donations all the time. So we wanted to try to raise all the money through fundraising events only.”

The post-prom committee has been busy since this past summer, working to garner money to give the juniors and seniors a memorable party after the prom dance is over. The committee had fundraisers during Ag Days with a kids’ carnival in the park, pig bingo and a food stand at the street dance. The members also helped with the 50-50 tickets at Deer Creek Speedway, had a food stand at the football games serving walking tacos and hot beef sandwiches, and served ice cream sundaes, pie and root beer floats at the basketball games. The group also sold stadium chairs with sponsors’ names printed on the back of the chairs, and recently, held a Dad’s Belgian waffle breakfast, which went over well.

“We are now done fundraising, so we will budget our funds to create a fun after-prom for the kids,” said Hindt.

The committee is still gladly accepting donations of money, food or prizes as a means of offsetting the costs of providing a safe place for students to gather and have fun.

“We raised enough money to cover the expense and some prizes for the kids. There is always room for more money to make this a great event for the kids. We are accepting donations if anyone is interested in helping out,” Hindt added.

Even though the committee members didn’t solicit businesses, they have found out that there are some businesses and organizations that feel the after-prom event is important and have offered to donate. If any other business, organization or individual would like to donate, they will gladly accept donations, and Hindt noted they are always looking for chaperones.

For those who would like to donate monetarily toward the Kingsland post-prom celebration, contributions can be mailed to Kingsland After-Prom, 23147 Highway 16, Wykoff, MN, 55990, or for more information on the prom itself, contact Kingsland High School at 507-346-7276.