With one month to go before Celebration, volunteer parent/guardian party planners are going all out to prepare a great evening for all Newton North seniors after their prom! The goal of this drug- and alcohol-free party is to keep our students safe while giving them a night they will always remember. Celebration has been a tradition at Newton North High School for the last 20 years. Students, parents/guardians, and administrators agree that this safe and fun event has been an overwhelming success.
What does it take to host 500 seniors?
The cost of Celebration, free for each senior and a guest, is about $15,000. Celebration volunteers have raised $3,000 from generous local businesses and the remaining $10,000+ is being solicited from Newton North parent/guardians. Big-ticket items include entertainiment (caricature artists, tattoo artists, karaoke, DJ, etc. ($6,000), decorations ($3,300) printing and postage ($1,000), food support ($1,000), storage unit rental ($900), casino rental ($600), and red carpet ($250).
A team of about 20 people has been working for the past several months to staff team leader positions, document team leader roles, plan and order decorations, work with Graphics to produce a parent/guardian mailing and party invitations for seniors, raise money from 60 local businesses, research and secure commitments from entertainment vendors, plan menus and solicit food donations from 50 local restaurants, prepare student welcome, transport items to/from the Celebration storage unit, and more. 200 more volunteers will be needed from the afternooon of June 5 to the early morning of June 6 in order to staff all areas of this parent/guardian-hosted event.
Can we pull this off?
Yes, working together, we can host a great, free party for all Newton North seniors that keeps them safely entertained after their prom and enables them to celebrate one last time together before graduation. Thanks to Newton North parents/guardians of students in ALL grades for supporting this community effort!