Southington Takes the Prom Promise

Both the Southington junior and senior proms are just around the corner and the new STEPS prom campaign is underway.  In an effort to eliminate underage drinking on prom night, the campaign asks students attending the prom and their parents or guardians to sign the “Prom Promise.” By signing the promise students agree they will not drink, and parents/guardians agree that they will not host parties where there is underage drinking.

Both the Southington junior and senior proms are just around the corner and the new STEPS prom campaign is underway.  In an effort to eliminate underage drinking on prom night, the campaign asks students attending the prom and their parents or guardians to sign the “Prom Promise.” By signing the promise students agree they will not drink, and parents/guardians agree that they will not host parties where there is underage drinking. While these are two different promises, both are equally important in promoting a safe night for all in the town of Southington.

Details on the Parent Promise: On April 1st, letters were sent home to parents discussing the importance of promoting prom night safety and the Connecticut Social Host Law.  The Connecticut Social Host Law makes it illegal for parents to host parties where anyone under the age of 21 is allowed to drink in their home or on their property.  Attached to the letter was a pledge card that these parents were asked to sign and return to STEPS promising not to supply or allow their children to drink on prom night.  Once they signed their pledge cards, parents had the option of either receiving a lawn sign that displays their commitment to the promise or to be acknowledged in a local newspaper the week of prom.

Details on the Student Promise:  Last week during junior prom ticket sales, students were asked to sign the prom promise, pledging not to drink alcohol on prom night.  Once they made the promise, their names were entered into a raffle from their choice of prizes that were generously donated by local businesses.  Prizes available are free prom tickets, a photography package, hairstyle gift cards or a corsage/boutonniere gift certificate. The seniors at Southington High School will be asked to take the prom promise the week they come back from April vacation.

In addition to the student and parent/guardian pledges, two billboards have been designed that will be displayed for the weeks surrounding the junior and senior proms.  Both display similar messages, but one is aimed at the parents, and one at the students. Two AMP Radio messages (advertising at the gas pumps) have also been made to target both the parents and the students. 

Thank you to everyone that takes the PROMISE and to Modern Formals, Art Rich Photography, The Purple Petal, The Beauty Bar, The Fl'wer Shoppe, Eclipse Hair Salon, and Rose to the Occasion for your donations!