Pool party planned

Jeff Guy
A pool party is planned for outgoing Wellington High School juniors and seniors on Saturday, June 28 at the Wellington Family Aquatics Center.

Outgoing Wellington High School juniors and seniors didn’t get a prom or a proper end to their school year this spring, but they do have the opportunity to gather together again for a pool party.

The party is scheduled for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at the Wellington Family Aquatics Center. The event, which is free to juniors and seniors, will feature a cupcake truck, another food truck, pizza served by Big Cheese Pizza, water, Gatorade and individually wrapped candies, Erin Struble, one of the adult volunteers said.

There will be a cornhole tournament with prizes awarded to the cornhole winners, Struble said. Everyone will get a door prize when they walk in and another small door prize when they leave. Also they will be randomly drawn for big prizes, which prizes include cash, a microwave, multiple TVs, wireless headphones, surround sound speakers, and gift certificates. Students will have to be checked in by 8 p.m. to be eligible for prizes.

Brad Ewing is scheduled to DJ the event.

“We’re following guidelines that have been set,” Struble said.

Through most of the spring, there was a question of whether or not it would be safe to have such a gathering. A representative from among the volunteers has talked to the Sumner County Health Dept. about safety measures, Struble said.

Chairs have been removed from the pool and students are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the event. They will be reminded to shower before getting in the water and to use hand sanitizer.

“It’s all new and different this year,” Struble said. “It’s a much shorter party this year.”

Usually there is an after prom party, which alternates every year between being held in the high school big gymnasium and All Star Sports West in Wichita.

This is the 34th year for Wellington Project Prom, which began in 1986. The letter, which the Prom Party sends to local businesses in January, asking for donations, reads, “Our mission is to have a fun substance-free party for our young people so they can have a fun interactive celebration with their peers.”

Struble said, “I think it’s important for them to have that camaraderie with their fellow classmates outside the school setting and have a celebration especially this year since some of the kids have not seen their classmates since before spring break.”

If there is lightning or COVID-19 ruins plans, there will be a drive thru prize pick-up in place of the pool party, Struble said.

Due to the Coronavirus, Wellington Project Prom could not have some of its traditional fundraisers this spring, such as at track meets and at the Kansas Star Casino, but “we’ve had some generous donations,” Struble said.

“The kids are always super appreciative and that makes it worth it,” she said.

Anyone interested in serving as volunteers for next year’s event can go to the Wellington Project Prom Facebook page and leave a private message.