PCHS juniors hope you’ll spend a few $$ Saturday to help fund theirs


It was one of the most nervous nights of my life.

Even now, more than a half-century later, the memory of my junior-senior prom is still vivid. Isn’t yours?

In addition to being my first “formal” dance, my date, the prettiest girl in the freshman class, was also experiencing her first formal. Proms are one of the age-old traditions that still hold a special place in that rite of passage called being a teenager.

Chances are you have a family member, or know someone, who is already looking forward to this year’s prom and, yes, they’re probably nervous about it, too.

As nervous as I was, I’m now told on good authority there was likely someone else at that prom who was far more nervous: our class sponsor.

The PCHS 2018 Prom is still a couple of months away, but Elizabeth Slusher, a math teacher and junior class sponsor, is already sweating the hundreds of details that must be dealt with to create that unique, memory-making event. Now in her second year as class sponsor, Slusher has one successful prom under her belt but she knows every class is different and expectations are high for this year’s formal to be dazzling.

And that takes money.

Slusher sent me a message Monday afternoon, asking for help in getting the word out for the primary PCHS Prom Fundraiser that will take place this Saturday at the school.

Jodi’s Accessories, a promotional retailer from Valdosta, will have tents set up outside the school and filled with thousands of unique gift items. Chances are many of the ladies in our area are already familiar with Jodi’s, because they set up shop in hospitals, nursing homes and schools around South Georgia on a regular basis.

Slusher is hopeful this one-day gift-shopping extravaganza will go a long way toward funding the bulk of the expected $2,000 in expenses anticipated in staging this year’s prom.

“Our theme this year is going to be ‘ancient Greece,’ and we’re going to have giant columns, and ivy and lots more we think the students will enjoy,” explained Slusher.

Many of the girls are already shopping for the “just right” dress for their prom and parents are likely counting their pennies because prom dates are not low-budget affairs. According to Slusher, a handful of the loveliest young ladies PCHS has to offer will likely spend more on their collective wardrobes for the prom than the entire budget to stage the dance itself.

Prom dresses now run $300 (on the low side) so I am told. Some may cost three times that amount. And that’s not counting the hairstyling, makeup and gosh-knows-what-else.

Slusher is hoping every young woman, mother or grandmother with memories of a gilded evening enjoyed at a long-ago prom will turn out. The sale is this Saturday, 9-5, at PCHS. Just browse the tents and pick up some inexpensive, but quality, gift items to help support this year’s prom.

“This will be a great opportunity to find nice gifts at an affordable price,” says Slusher. “They will be perfect for Valentine’s, Mothers Day and other occasions.”

With most items priced at $6, however, thrifty mothers shouldn’t expect to find a prom dress under the tents.

• Robert Williams is Editor & Publisher of The Times. Email: rwilliams@theblack-sheartimes.com.