A prom tradition returns to Le Mars Community Schools after a 16-year absence.
A banquet will be held for Le Mars Community High School seniors and juniors and their dates to start the evening of activities for their 2002 prom on Saturday, April 20. Parents of junior class members are working to give the students an evening to remember.
"We decided to start it up again because there hasn't been a prom banquet since 1986," said Lisa Wells, one of the parents involved in the banquet plans. "Many of us parents are concerned about our kids driving out of town to and driving back for the promenade, dance and after-prom party."
The banquet is for students and their dates, regardless of school or grade. Another change made from previous banquets is that no school faculty members or staff have been invited. "This is for students only, and is sponsored by parents of juniors and seniors," said Wells.
There are three menu choices, chicken with linguini, and pork chops or 10 ounce sirloin steak, each with twice-baked potatoes, salads and Wells Blue Bunny Ice Cream pies for dessert. The meal is catered by Timmy's. The round tables will feature candlelight centerpieces, and chairs will have back covers, courtesy of the Le Mars Area Chamber of Commerce.
Theme for the banquet is "A Night on the Town" and parents are working on decorations to fit the theme. "We decided to do something formal, giving a fine restaurant setting with a romantic touch," Wells said. That includes a cityscape scene giving the feel of dining at the top of a tall building with dining music and sparkling grape juice in champagne glasses. Dan Wells will serve as maitre 'de and Angie Watson will be hostess for the banquet set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Robin Klemme of Northern Exposure will be taking pictures for those attending. Valet parking will also be provided for banquet guests.
Parents will assist with the meal, and are asking sophomore and freshmen students to help with serving.
Reservations are due by Thursday, April 18, with students pre-ordering their meal choice. Students signing up for the after-prom and banquet will get a special deal for the evening. "We think we are giving them a good deal for a special evening," Wells said. In addition, cash prizes of $100, $50 and other prizes will also be given. "We have received many donations," she said.
While signups have been slow, Wells is hoping for a fun evening for the students who choose to attend.