North High School senior organizes her own prom after school hosts alternative event

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – A North High School senior who started a petition back in March looking for a traditional prom dance, has taken matters into her own hands.

Emma Thurston with the help of several classmates has arranged for a student-run event, allowing juniors and seniors a chance at a traditional prom dance.

Prom for North High School did take place on April 17th but consisted of dinner and a movie, to ensure proper social distancing.

Thurston says she has told her principal about the plans and fellow students are excited about the opportunity.

Thurston said, “Today COVID-19 protocol precaution is very important to us so we’re having people sign covid wavers and having them give it to us when they come into the dance to make sure that everyone does feel safe, but they also get to have the dance they wanted to have.”

Thurston was in Carson Park Sunday afternoon selling tickets for the dance set to take place Saturday, May 22 at Emerald Ridge in Menomonie. Volunteer parent chaperones will be in attendance.

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