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March 27, 2007 > Robertson students will work for prom

Robertson students will work for prom

In honoring their school's "small-but-mighty" tradition, students at Robertson Continuation High School are taking an active role in expanding their own opportunity to enjoy one of the best memories of high school: prom night. Because proms have become such elaborate and expensive affairs in recent years, the cost often prevents students of modest means from participating in that special night.

Many Robertson students are from families with limited incomes or are raising families themselves. Nor does the school have a booster club or parent-teacher organization to help defray the cost of a prom. So RHS students are organizing fund-raising and service projects to help pay the costs of producing a prom and to help individual students attend. Teacher and prom advisor Paul Barry said students have raised about $1,000 so far for a disc jockey and a photographer.

They also have applied for grants from Wal-Mart and other corporations, are raising money through recycling projects and are performing individual odd jobs, he said. They have made arrangements with the Princess Project in San Francisco for prom dresses and accessories for the girls. The next phase of their plan is to organize an Adopt-a-Student project in partnership with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to solicit 100 contributions of $40 each from corporate and private donors to help students enjoy the lifelong memory of attending a prom.

The students are not expecting a handout, Barry said, but will volunteer time for local community and non-profit organizations in return for contributions. He said Robertson students have a strong tradition of community service. For the past 17 years their annual Turkey Bowl has raised more than $5,000 each year to help Tri-City Volunteers provide Thanksgiving dinners for disadvantaged families.

"These kids have proven year after year that they have a serious commitment to helping their community," Barry said. "The Robertson staff is asking the community to give something back to these very deserving students by helping make their 2007 prom truly memorable."

Anyone interested in more information about the Robertson Adopt-a-Student program or making a contribution should call 657-9155.

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