Prom Promise is a great way to create a sense of common purpose toward a safe prom night for your students. Creating some positive peer pressure and a community dedicated to making safe and healthy decisions is an important lesson as well as a way to prevent prom night tragedies or regrets.
Traditionally, prom promise involves students signing a contract not to drink or have sex on prom night, but there are plenty of ways to make a prom promise an integral part the build up to your prom.
Use seamless paper in your school or prom colors to cover a wall and have students sign the prom promise on the wall. Make it even more poignant by having them write a personal message about why they’re signing or remembering someone they knew who was affected by a substance-related accident.
Use red flat paper to cut out hearts and have students sign the prom promise on them. Suspend the hearts from the ceiling in your hallway.
Enter the names of students who sign the prom promise into a drawing for prizes such as discounted prom tickets, restaurant gift certificates, limo coupons, personalized travel mugs, or other fun promotional items.
Have a police officer come in to talk to students about the consequences of irresponsible decisions on prom night. This talk will be especially effective if the officer doesn’t just try to scare students, but tries to relate and express care to them as well.
Hand out key tags, such as our Silver Chic Ticket Key Tag, to students who sign the prom promise. If students use the key tags it will become a visible reminder to all of the students who are pledged to making good decisions too.
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It’s never too early to talk to your students about safety on prom night. Prom should be a time that they enjoy, but it also is crucial that students are urged to be safe and make good decisions. No one wants their prom night to be remembered for an accident or a choice they’ll live to regret.
As soon as the buzz about prom starts to build, begin reminding students about the consequences of risky behaviors. Setting up a campaign for prom safety can be easy, fun and really effective.
Create a Prom Promise committee to have students sign the Prom Promise pledge when they buy their prom tickets. You can create a display of the pledge to support those who sign and show some positive peer pressure or have a raffle with great prizes, entering the names of students who sign the Prom Promise.
If your school has an A/V or TV program have a contest for the best student created PSA. Air the advertisements on your school announcements and have the school vote for the best or most effective entry.
Consider having a parent or a police officer effected by a drunk driving accident come in to talk about their experiences. Many parents are willing do this so no other families have to go through what they have. Police officers often make very effective speakers on the issue too. This is a really powerful way to get the message across to your students in a way that will make it stick with them.
Some schools choose to have a car that’s been in a crash on display near the school in the month or week leading up to prom, to keep the negative possibilities in students minds.
Remember, cautioning students may feel like putting a damper on their enthusiasm, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Keeping the process open and conversational (but firm) will make the message stronger and take some of the pressure off. Just remember, it’s important to talk to students early and often so they can have plenty of safe fun on prom night!