|Waiting for the Prom to begin.|
There are no hotels out here, although the city is hoping to convert one of the buildings into a hotel but at the moment, the prom is held at the school in the cafeteria.
The prom locally is very different from those held in most cities in that anyone in grade 6 or above is invited, including community members.
|Photos taken here.|
They set up their photo area in the entry to the school, against the wall nearest the gym. The small pieces of paper are signs like wonderful, respect each other, etc.
The juniors are in charge of setting up the prom, so they started assembling it on Friday and finished on Saturday, just before the prom was due to start.
The turn out community wise was not a good as normal. Around the beginning of the dance, we were told a coworkers mother died from pneumonia. She'd been fighting cancer, picked up a bug that went into pneumonia, and passed on from it.
That means later this week or possibly early next week there will be a funeral and school gets out early for it. This did not stop the young ones from coming.
|Door to the Gym|
They had some benches scattered through this area where I spent much of the time available to snap photos of the kids with their camera's or tie boy's ties because they don't know how to do it.
The benches were located over near the bathrooms so I got to watch the girls and boys run back and forth between the cafeteria and the bathrooms. Many of the girls wore heels so they clomped back and forth, often times sounding like a heard of elephants. Often the shoes were bit too big while other times, the girls carried the shoes because they were too "high".
Usually they get someone in the village to do it but this time the husband of the second grade teacher provided services. He had some really nice music with no swear words and it was great to dance to.
The only thing different is the time. Usually it runs 7 PM to Midnight due to the police wanting everyone under the age of 18 home by midnight.
They always notify the police of any events so they know the kids might be out a bit late. Also the police tend to stop by and hand out for a bit to check things out. As I said, its a whole community event.
Just anted to share a taste of a prom held in a village in Bush Alaska. Hope you enjoyed the visit. Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.