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Prom Tips

Make plans for Prom—and talk about them together.

PMHS Junior Prom is later this month—with Senior Prom coming up in June—so now is a great time to talk with your teen about staying safe during this exciting evening.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has a checklist with items to discuss and finalize with your prom-going teen, including curfew, transportation, and other details.

Power to the Parent has some great information for closer to the date of prom, including some Westchester County-specific rules with regards to limousines. For example, did you know that all cars licensed to do for-hire business in Westchester County will have a rectangular WCTLC decal on the lower right side of the windshield? Plus, the driver should be able to produce a valid WCTLC driver permit, with the expiration date prominently displayed in red under the driver’s photo. 

In addition to the practical aspects of prom planning, now is also a good time to talk about alcohol or drug use during this celebratory weekend. Educate yourself and your teen about the signs of alcohol poisoning and what to do. Be consistent with your expectations that they abstain from both alcohol and drugs during the evening. And make sure they know that you will come pick them up at any place and any time if they want to come home. We’ve listed more advice in our prom postcard below, and we will also be including informational postcards in PTA prom packets for junior and senior parents.

As part of its prom-safety initiatives, PACT is partnering with Pelham’s own Project Community to distribute yellow wallet cards with practical Do’s and Don’ts about how to save a friend from a binge drinking tragedy. (The cards are part of Project REWIND I, Project Community’s binge drinking awareness program for students and parents. Click here for more info.) Look for the cards at local florists and salons and make sure you and your children carry them–they save lives!

Help your teen enjoy their prom and graduation without drinking or using drugs. Lay down rules that will help them create everlasting memories. The prom is a rite of passage that your teen should enjoy and remember for a lifetime. Help them make it a safe one!

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