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PHCS parents planning kids night out to benefit after prom party

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PARISHVILLE - Students in the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District are treated each year to an after prom party at the school, designed to keep them off the streets and away from drugs and alcohol.

However, such an even is not free and to help raise money for this year’s party, the After Prom Party Committee is planning its annual Kid’s Night Out for Feb. 1.

“We kind of have a little mini carnival for the kids,” said Karen Colbert,a volunteer who helps organize the after prom party and Kids Night Out event.

The evening includes “throw and toss games,” face painting, kickball and more, with pizza, popcorn, cotton candy, soft drinks and other snacks also available.

“Sometimes we have a movie; sometimes we don’t,” she said. “We try to change it up a little bit every time so it’s fresh.”

Admission to Kids Night Out, geared for children in grades K-6, is $5. Game tickets are 10 for $1, and each game costs one ticket to play, with prizes awarded.

“Every time they play they win a prize,” Ms. Colbert said. “Everyone in the group takes turns buying prizes. We have a whole closet full of stuff at the school.”

As for the party, Ms. Colbert said students sign a contract saying they won’t leave the school until 5 a.m. after the party is over.

“We have a mechanical bull,a bungee run, sumo suits, a spray tattoo artist and minute to win it games set up around the school,” she said, adding, food and drinks are also served.

A new addition to this year’s party will be a “Cash Cube.”

“The kids will play against each other to try and win 60 seconds in the cube. Any money they grab and put in the slot they can keep,” she said, adding at the end of the evening there are drawings for prizes like Kindles, snowshoes, tents, Keurig coffee makers, mini refrigerators and more.

Another activity that has been a highlight of past Kids Night Out events is a water balloon toss, where the children can pelt juniors and seniors volunteering at the event with water balloons.

“If they are willing and are free, we’ll do it again,” Ms. Colbert said, adding they are currently seeking student volunteers to serve as targets for the children.

And while the prom may be a formal event, the after prom party is a little more laid back.

“We have a place for them to come from the prom and change their clothes. There’s even a place for girls to hang their dresses,” she said. “We go all out for them.”

Kids Night Out is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and is just one of the many fundraisers held to help put the party on each year.

“We do a bunch of fundraisers, but Kids Night Out is one of the main ones,” she said, explaining the group also sets up a concession stand for some soccer games and all of the school’s basketball games.

She said the group also sponsors a Red and White Night, where students from the junior and senior classes compete against teachers and parents in a variety of games and contests.

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