DPI hosts first annual after-prom breakfast

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A beautiful, serene, candle-lit arrangement sits ready for students to arrive for some after-prom fun.

Prom, the time of the year most of the juniors and seniors anticipate.

Granted, prom is about the pretty dresses, the crisp tuxedos, and the hot rides, but it is also about the after events.

So what is there to do at this time of the night? Well, that’s the problem. Some of these late-night events have a positive spin, and others… not so much.

This year, Decatur hosted their first annual after-prom breakfast, coordinated by the Decatur Prevention Initiative which has been doing prevention programs for the City of Decatur for the last 20 years.

The purpose of this breakfast was to give kids something safe to do, instead of going out and drinking after prom.

“When coming up with the idea of this event, we thought it would be a great, safe, and fun option rather than the typical after-prom trouble,” Terrie Moore, the project director of the Decatur Prevention Initiative, said. “We want to give kids an alternative. This was our way of allowing them to come back to their community and have a safe ending to their prom.”

Lee Williams, the photographer-on-duty, also thought this was an awesome idea.

Breakfast and dessert was served along with soft, easy listening music played to soothe the night.

Many students joined their friends and got their photograph taken.

The event was held at the Decatur community center in the housing authority. It was free, and chaperones included parents, members of the community, Decatur’s Police Department, Decatur High School faculty, and the PTSA.

“We were very pleased with the turnout. We hope to make this an annual event,” the Decatur Prevention Initiative said.