Post-Prom Lock-In to offer fun and safe option for students
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach and the Youth Initiatives Committee of Marshfield Area Coalition for Youth will stage a Post-Prom Lock-In at Rogers Cinema in Marshfield for students looking for a safe and healthy option for post-dance activities.
Marshfield High School’s prom is Saturday, April 25, but the lock-in will be open to students from all surrounding areas even if their prom has already occurred. The lock-in will run from midnight until 4 a.m. following Marshfield’s prom, and students must arrive at the lock-in no later than 1 a.m.
Students do not need to attend prom to attend the lock-in. At the lock-in, students will have the chance to socialize, eat, watch movies on Rogers Cinema’s screens, and enter contests for prize giveaways. There will also be a photo booth for students to commemorate the evening.
Tickets for the lock-in will cost $5 for the first 125 students and $7.50 after that.
Danielle Luther, a manager for substance abuse prevention at the Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach, said that this event provides an option for students that deters them from some of the temptations, which could accompany post-prom parties.
Luther said the goal is “to provide an alcohol and drug-free event for youth after prom that’s safe because, you know, sometimes students do go and have drinking parties, so this is a safe alternative where students can get together.”
This is the second year the event has taken place in Marshfield, and it is modeled after a lock-in that began in Stevens Point. Seventy-five students attended last year’s lock-in.
“I’d like to see at least double that (attendance) this year,” said Connie Sersch, a health educator at the Marshfield Clinic Center for Community Outreach.
Anna Schade, a senior at Marshfield High School who will be attending the lock-in, said that it was an option she and her friends were happy to have.
“People are excited to go and try something different and have something to do in Marshfield,” Schade said.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door the night of the event, and advance tickets are available at Marshfield High School and Columbus High School.
Volunteers are needed to help staff the event. Those interested in volunteering should call Connie Sersch at 715-221-8427 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.