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Students receive second chance at prom

By Christian Parker, staff writer
On November 5, 2012

For those who were unable go to their high school prom, two clubs are working together to provide the opportunity for people be able to finally live out that moment.
The Health and Human Services Club, in conjunction with the Veterans Club, at Contra Costa College will be hosting its first ever Health and Human Services "Second Chance" Fall Ball.
"We're trying to give students that second chance at a prom, Snowball or (a) school dance," Health and Human Services President Maddy Willie said. "Now they get a second chance to have the experience in a new way here, at CCC, without having to pay an outrageous dollar amount."
The event will be held in the Recreation Room on Nov. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., where up to 100 people will be able to attend. Tickets are available for purchase for $10 in H-9.
The event is formal, so attendees are asked to wear clothes like a dress, gown or suit. However, formal clothing is not mandatory as long as attendees look nice, Willie said.
The party will be a "dry" dance, prohibiting all alcoholic beverages and drugs of any kind.
She said everyone on campus, from students to faculty members, is invited to the event. Also, people from the community are welcome to come to the ball.
"I think the dance is a wonderful idea," student Nancy Stuart said. "I personally did not get to go to either my senior or junior prom so this will be a big thing for me."
"We just want people to come out, have a great time and support the Peer Support Clinic," Veterans Club President Nicole Alexander said.
Proceeds from the dance will be going to the HHS Club and the Peer Support Wellness Center.
The Peer Support Wellness Center aids students daily on campus in dealing with problems and issues in their lives.
The students need support from everyone by coming out to this event and by helping them, Alexander said.
They raise funds to get the basic supplies and materials to keep the program going strong, she said.
The biggest theme the two clubs are trying to get across is that life situations may have shown up earlier for people as teenagers, preventing them from enjoying formal events like a prom.
"Whether it be financially, physically or otherwise, you may not have had the opportunity at that time to go to that special event in your life," Alexander said. "So now that (the time is) here wouldn't it be great to have that second chance and attend a school dance?"


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