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Proms and Viral Videos!!!

Yes. I am worn out. But Prom (Star Struck) 2012 is in the books ladies.  Now it is just a VERY good memory.
We began decorating at about noon thirty on Friday. For the first time, our prom was not being held at the school. In years past, the prom was always held at school and because of that, school was let out on Friday, so students and sponsors could get in and decorate. 
This time we DID have school on Friday and the prom was held in a building downtown. It was my first time to be a prom sponsor at this school. I dreaded it with a dread like no other. 
Which is really odd if you know me well, because I LOVE to plan and throw parties. In this case though, we do two years worth of concession stands to raise the money for prom, then we do prom. When I saw "we" that includes four sponsors (per grade level) total. The work is supposed to be doled out equally between parties. HA!!!!
I was the only female on the committee. Guess who got to order, organize, decide what to sell and make sure all the food was ready for every concession stand? Guess who got to do 
99 % of the prom?  If you guessed me, then you probably hear a bell going "dingdingdingding"! 
Let's face it: Men don't care about proms. Throw up a few strands of crepe paper and call it even!!!  I knew if I wanted it to be special for my students then I was going to have to do it. And I DID want it special. So I did it. The dread came because at times, it was a little overwhelming. But it all turned out, and turned out great!
I was determined from the beginning that the prom would be a WOW factor.  I wanted the students to walk in and literally say, "WOW!!!!"
We started on Friday at lunch and by Friday night at midnight our blank room was at least an "Ahhhhh" factor.
I knew that with more work, it would become the 
WOW factor I wanted.
There were one or two "minor" (hahahahaha) glitches that day. First, all that day and the day before the National Weather Service was sending out a very dark warning that we were under a "life-threatening storm prediction." In the history of weather forecasting, they had only issued such dire warnings once before.
We live with tornadoes in Oklahoma. It is just a reality of our state. But the gloom and doom that was being painted by the weathermen was quite foreboding.
And rightly so......As it turned out there were several schools in our area that did postpone their prom(s), just on the weather warning. And sadly, a high school having prom less than 100 miles from us did have to get all their students to safe areas as a tornado struck their town. No one was killed at the high school in that town, but 6 people in the town did die.
So it was with a great measure of caution that I did decorate for prom....with an escape plan for my students planned out.
The second problem was that I had ordered all my prom decor from three different companies. Two of the companies had sent my stuff on a super-quick turn-around. The third company, Stumps, had the worst service. EVER. Not only that, but I had bought the majority of my things from them.
They had given me a guaranteed delivery date and they did not keep their word. Not only that, but by late Friday afternoon they were giving me a big-time run-around.
I finally called the trucking company they had put my HUGE order on. (It took Stumps an hour to tell me they did not send it UPS!)
The trucking company had a sub-company helping them out, so then I had to track down that company.
When I finally got hold of that company, they had no idea my order needed to be delivered by Friday and were not planning on delivering it till Monday. (AFTER the prom!!)
When I explained to them the importance of my packages, they said I could come and get them. The problem was that the packages were in OKC, which was an hour from where I was. There were also thunderstorms coming in from every direction.
I was torn as to what to do. I could have quit and had just an "ahhh" prom (which I would say equals just a typical dance),
or I could track down a brave soul that had a pickup to go and  save my order.
I knew just the student!!
He drove into OKC, through the rain and saved the prom.
(Or at least saved it from an "ahhh" factor!)
His retrieval of my long-lost packages took our prom from 'ahh' to 'WOW'. 
So we ended up staying up decorating till almost one in the morning. Then Saturday morning we came back and worked till three that afternoon.
I can't even explain to you how tired my poor (old) feet were!
But on Saturday when the students were walking in and "WOWing" everything, I was one happy camper.
We had fun glasses to give away. We had glow sticks to wear (however creatively you so chose!)
We had tons of food. 
We had a photobooth for all those fun, goofy pics with friends.

We had balloons and stars out the whazoo!

The students were truly "Star Struck".
The students were on their best behavior.
They looked beautiful and handsome and 
some of the dresses made me wish I was
young and skinny!
The capstone of the night might have happened right smack dab in the middle at 10 o'clock.
If the weather held out and there were no 
thunderstorms or tornadoes,
we had worked out a deal with the local police to shut
down the block in front of the building we were in 
right at 10.
At that time, the students were to go out 
to the Main Street of
Small Town Oklahoma USA
and perform their 
choreographed version of 
which is incidentally, based on an Oklahoma town!
Well the weather did hold out.
We were under a tornado watch, 
and it was unbelievably windy,
but we were determined.
If you have come this far in this post, then you 
MUST watch the Youtube video.
This is in the middle of our prom. Only outside. On Main Street. 
And Footloose!
I GUARANTEE it will bring a smile to your face.
Turn up your volume!

And that my friends, was the recap of the WOW factor prom.
What a great, great, fun night!
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  1. Wow! Really! It was gorgeous!

  2. WOW! First, those decorations are fantastic. My daughter was a class officer, so hubby and I helped decorate one year. Lots of work, I agree. BUT, the Footloose re-do was just amazing. What a fun thing to do ~ and I imagine those kids will always remember that. Fun, fun, fun.

  3. Congratulations! The room looked amazing, and I'm sure it was well worth all the effort to see the kids' faces.

  4. Anonymous4/18/2012

    I don't think I stopped smiling the whole time watching that video. Gonna watch it again! That was awesome. Thanks for sharing. The decorations were gorgeous too!!


  5. Laurie4/18/2012

    OH, HOW FUN!!! And, you know who had the most fun? The ones who put all the blood, sweat and tears into it! They'll never forget IT or YOU! The other sponsors? What other sponsors? I'm so glad those kids have a teacher like you!

  6. Footloose! Fantastic! Love, love, love it!

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