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Steps To A Safe, Fabulous Prom Night With Sumner County STARS


A fabulous dress and a safe evening are the goals for the Sumner County STARS Specialists’ and their Prom Dress Drive now underway. The STARS Specialists in Sumner County High School are holding the drive while at the same time working with students on a prom promise to abstain from alcohol or drug use.

Kay Higgs, Station Camp High School STARS Specialist, and Station Camp High School Senior Arianna appeared on WSMV’s More at Midday to promote the Prom Dress Drive and Prom Promise. Take a look.


Higgs said, “we are working to help students have a pleasant and memorable prom night by encouraging them to be safe while helping the girls with expensive prom wear. Money is tight right now for a lot of people causing additional stress for families of high school students. Prom is an important tradition for a lot of teens and it is so rewarding for us and the girls if we can help make the experience possible. In addition to helping the girls find a cute dress, STARS specialists are working to educate and promote awareness of ways in which to have safe prom experience.”

Here are some of the important tips from STARS to help have a safe prom night:

•    Discuss plans with your friends and date before prom night.

•    Know when your curfew is for prom night and let your date and

            friends know what time you need to be home. 

•    Charge your cell phone and keep it with you in case of an emergency. 

•    If someone offers you any drugs or alcohol be prepared to tell them no. Try and say

      things like “No thanks” or “Seriously? I want to remember this night.” 

•    Have someone you can call in case if your driver is intoxicated. 

•    Wear your seat belt. 

•    Be sure to get directions and know where you are going ahead of time. 

•    Fill up the gas tank in your car. 

•    Be aware. More drunk drivers are out on the road during the weekend. Keep an eye

      on oncoming drivers; impaired drivers tend to drive toward lights. 

The Sumner Prom Drive is accepting donations of jewelry, purses and good condition shoes.  Higgs said on March 1 from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., Sumner County high school girls can visit Beech High School to get their cost-free prom wear. 

Dresses can either be dropped off at these participating schools or they can be picked up by contacting the STARS specialists listed: Beech High School, Alicia Georgiou,,

Gallatin High School, Richan Groves,, 615.452-2621;

Hendersonville High School, Debbie Sheets,, 615.824.4028; Portland High School, Elana Newton,, 615.325.9201 ext. 118; Station Camp High School, Kay Higgs,,
615.451.6553 ext. 13; White House High School, Elana Newton,,

A nationally recognized resource for student assistance, training and professional consultation, STARS assists students, families and schools with prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. Founded in 1984, STARS staff operate in schools and community sites throughout Middle Tennessee via STARS Specialists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) as a licensed alcohol and drug out-patience treatment facility as well as their Kids On The Block puppetry program helping educate kindergarten through sixth grade students about health and social concerns that affect their lives while promoting an understanding and acceptance of all children and adults regardless of their differences.