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  • Colleen O'Keefe
    June 12, 2011 - 19:24

    Excellent article; I couldn't agree more. We all buy into it though and are part of the problem. What parent is going to be the one to say - this is too much. I think it has to come from the schools and the parent volunteers. I just attended my daughter's Grade 12 grad - a very formal, "convention-like" affair. I would have much preferred an informal event where everyone is more relaxed; and I surmise the students would say the same thing. Only group who made out was the convention centre. Can you beleive they charge $4 for a glass of water ? You wouldn't pay this at the Ritz Carlton !

  • mary
    June 12, 2011 - 12:01

    Who are the people who are suppposed to read and heed this article? Do the people at the school board office decide what each Grad is going to be, what it will involve? Is it the teachers and principal? What is the role of the parents in all of this? What happened to the Safe Grad and is there any point in even having that event?

  • Jack-a-roo
    June 11, 2011 - 21:00

    Great article Pam. I couldn't agree with you more. I will have to face the prom madness in another year with my child, and although it's a year away she is already planning what she wants, and how do you not give to her what other students will have. I hope the right person at the school board level reads your article and makes the decision to scale the huge expense back, but at the same time continue to recognize the student's achievements. Congratulations to your daughter on her grade 12 achievement.

  • David
    June 11, 2011 - 09:20

    Where would teenagers get such a twisted sense of what a prom is supposed to be or cost? Take a look at the phenomenon of weddings...financed by people who are supposedly "adults". We are simply too gullible, too shallow, and too stupid to help ourselves....the economy is built on it.

  • Harvey
    June 11, 2011 - 09:07

    Pam, this is long overdue...excellent article!!! I just hope that the right people read and heed.

  • Busy Bayman
    June 11, 2011 - 08:12

    Great article!! And so very true...

  • Kc
    June 11, 2011 - 08:11

    Pam, the sad fact is that if you can't afford prom, you do not go. So how is that inclusive? The current philosophy of the Department of Education is inclusiveness yet in many ways, so many schools are not. The prom mentality has moved down at the junior high level as well. Students in grade 9 expect the same sorts of events for their school leaving. Fortunately, my child goes to a junior high which is very inclusive and does not follow the lead of other junior highs. Their school leaving is an evening of fun in partnership with the city of St. John's. Students arrived to a Carnival and were asked to dress in gym clothes. There were bouncy castles, Velcro wall, psychic readings and a BBQ prepared by teachers among numerous other things! The most noteworthy point about this event was that every student in the graduating class attended except for 1 student who was away. How many other schools could boast that fact?

    • Pam Frampton
      June 11, 2011 - 09:36

      KC -- you're right, that's not inclusive, which was exactly my point.