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Trail Blazing for Prom Promise: Updated with Poem!
Banneker Academic High School seniors sat down in their school’s cafeteria for more than eggs and bacon for breakfast Wednesday morning. The students, along with their prom dates and guardians, participated in the school’s Prom Promise Breakfast. The event is held each year just days before prom night to not only encourage students to be responsible, but to also hold their parents and guardians to a similar vow.
“Parents make the promise that, ‘I won’t give my child alcohol or supply it for anyone under 21, and I will provide a safe ride for my child home,’” said senior Yemi Olugbuyi. “Students say, ‘I won’t drink and drive, and I won’t have sex or do drugs and drink alcohol.’”
Martha’s Table Collegiate Academy’s program director Tim Jones attended as an invited speaker for the event. Tim and additional speakers informed the students and parents about statistics involving drugs and alcohol during prom season. Several creative presentations served as a means to inform the audience about safety on prom night.
“I did a spoken word piece. I was on the prom committee and helped design the whole thing,” said Olugbuyi. “I understand why they’re doing it, but it’s just like you’re adults now. Why would you get in a car when you’re clearly drunk? Or why would you put yourself in a position you’ll regret the next morning or nine months later?”
Olugbuyi’s father attended as her guardian also taking the pledge alongside his daughter.
“He enjoyed it. He was laughing the whole time and thought it was very entertaining,” she said.
Not all schools have embraced an annual Prom Promise event but we are glad students like Olugbuyi and Banneker are blazing the trail.