Citizens For A Better Norwood

Monday, May 04, 2009

Kudos to Youth Pastor Jimi Bird for “After Prom” success!

We are only too happy to take Michael Gabbard up on his suggestion to recognize Jimi Bird, Youth Pastor at Grace Church, for organizing the first “After Prom” event at Norwood High School this past Friday night. And while we’re at it, we’ll thank all the school officials and parents who volunteered to make Mr. Bird’s “After Prom” vision a reality.

Guest blog by Michael “Gabby” Gabbard

I think it would be a good idea to recognize Jimi Bird, Youth Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church for hosting an AWESOME event this past Friday night. Jimi had a vision of offering a safe and fun environment for students after prom. Each year we hear reports of students getting hurt and/or killed after prom, so Jimi wanted to offer a safe alternative; and he did. Jimi recruited a large team of adults, shared his vision and set a plan. This group then presented this vision to Mr. Winterod, Norwood High School Principal, and the result was an event enjoyed by over 100 youth. From midnight till 5:30 a.m., the high school was host to "After Prom". In the gym was human bowling, 3D Twister, Oversized boxing ring, corn hole and fast blast. In the mini auditorium they ran movies all night. The cafeteria was the dance floor with jammin tunes and also a buffet of pizza, chips, soda and waters.

After you worked up a sweat in the gym or on the dance floor, you could then take a dip in the pool. WOW, what a night for these youth, and all this for just $3.00 a student. As I mentioned about, this event was attended by over 100 prom goers, including this year’s prom King & Queen, Gentry Gabbard and Michelle Geiger.

My wife and I were able to help as chaperones and had fun ourselves. I want to really thank Jimi Bird and all of those that helped make this safe event happen for the youth of Norwood. It's encouraging to see people get involved in the youth of our city to help offer activities that are safe and fun. Well done, Jimi Bird, and I look forward to seeing what you have in mind for next year.