By Mary O’KEEFE
rom Plus is an organization that started at Crescenta Valley High School that gives high school seniors and their guests an alternative to an unsupervised after prom party. Five years ago, the Prom Plus Club, a student-led club, was formed. Since its formation, it has evolved into an active volunteer service organization.
“This last weekend, Prom Plus Club was very busy,” said Temoc Ramirez, co-vice president of Prom Plus Club. “We had the 4th of July event, one of our biggest fundraising events. That was on Friday. Then on Sunday we helped with the Montrose Car Show.”
Ramirez said the car show is always fun because the club members dress in the era of the classic cars. And next weekend they are volunteering at Cowboy Church to help out the Center for Spiritual Living – La Crescenta.
“This is the first time I will be at that event,” Ramirez said. “We act as waiters and just help out with the Cowboy Church.”
Cowboy Church is a service dedicated to the spirit of the Old West and includes country music, a steak barbecue and lots of tall tales about the romantic Old West. Prom Plus Club members wear neckerchiefs, don cowboy hats and have even been known to do a little square dancing.
Last year, the club accumulated over 2200 hours of community service by volunteering for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Taste of Montrose, the Christmas Parade and many other events.
“We like doing this because it’s fun and we get to volunteer with friends,” Ramirez said.
Co-Vice President Katie Davis agreed and added that volunteering helps prepare a student for college.
“It looks good on a college resume to be part of such an active and good club,” Davis said.