Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 15, 2013

Jr., Sr. prom May 4

AHS preparing for big night in lives of seniors

Jeff Riggs
The Athens Review

Athens — One of the most meaningful and memorable times in a person’s life is set to begin for Athens High School students.  It is that wild and crazy junior-senior prom, scheduled for May 4 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Athens High School cafeteria.

This year’s event is themed “Frozen in Time.” Teacher Cindy Kling, who is heading up preparations for the event, said the scenery will go along with the theme.

“It’s going to be a wintry wonderland, colorful with an ice sculture and an ice cream bar,” she said.  “There will be artifically-real snow.  We have two snow machines.”

Tickets for the massive event are on sale until May 3.  The price is $30, if purchased by April 24.  After that, they will cost $40.

Kling said there is one simple solution for getting the best price.

“Buy early, and get the savings,” she said.  “Seniors’ tickets are free.  Juniors’ tickets are not.  The Seniors’ dates who are not Seniors have to pay.”

Kling said about 350 attended last year.  This brought in about $3,500. As of Friday, one-third of the Senior class has not come by to pick up their invitations with their free tickets inside.  She said the cost of the prom this year is expected to be “around $9,000.”

She added that as of Friday, the project was about $500 “in the red.”

“We wish to make it up through ticket sales,” she said.

One of the greatest current needs is for parents to help in preparations.  The junior class is ultimately responsible for the prom.  Junior parents are currently being sought to work on May 3 in preparation.

“But, I’ll take anyone I can,” Kling said. “The more, the merrier.  We are now calling junior parents, asking for food donations.”

Kling said parents have been working on the prom preparations since September. 

“We’ve had meetings, and parents raised money for this, for their kids,” she said. “They have been selling advertisements for the football programs, and selling the prom program.”

Prom tickets are available in Room C111, which is Kling's classroom.

There is also a prom T-shirt, free for juniors and seniors, as well as a prom gift.  Other kids get it for $10, which is included in their ticket.

Kling said the reason for the prom being staged in the school building itself, instead of some location away from campus is that the prom is “meant for a special memory.”

“One reason I want to have it at the school, is that for students,  school is not much fun sometimes.  This way, kids can have a special memory at the school,” she said. “Memories of the school will be more positive after this.  And the school cafeteria is set up perfectly for this.”

The event’s DJ will be a man known as DJ, from Tyler.  His actual name is John Duncan.  There will also be special lights that cause the illusion of fog.

Kling is an art teacher for grades 9 through 12, and Art 1, Sculpture 1, and Drawing 2, 3 and 4.  She has organized the prom for four consecutive years.

If your business wishes to advertise in the football program, contact Kling. 

“We are setting up for next year’s  prom.  Proceeds go toward the next years’ prom,” she said. “We do accept donations.”

Kling said all money collected that is not used will follow the junior class, and is used on their Senior Last Blast next year.

For more information, contact Kling at 903-677-6920 or 817-505-6866.  Or, e-mail to ckling@athensisd.net