DEAR ABBY: In response to "Penniless for the Prom": I am a junior in high school and am on the prom commission. Our school budgets for this kind of problem. "Penniless" should talk to the prom adviser (usually one of the teachers) because a reduced ticket price is available for those who cannot afford it. The money saved on tickets can then be spent on other necessities -- like a tux. Also, get your group to go to someone's house and prepare dinner instead of eating out, and car-pool instead of using expensive transportation. -- READY FOR THE PROM, SANTA ANA, CALIF.
DEAR READY FOR THE PROM: I'm sure that "Penniless" will appreciate your helpful hints -- as will other high school students in the same boat. Many other generous readers took the time to send their suggestions. Read on for more:
DEAR ABBY: I thought you'd enjoy knowing how we spent prom night at our home:
Our daughter, a junior, wanted to attend the prom this year. She didn't want a date, but preferred to go with a group of friends. Seven of them got together and paid for their own tickets, which were a reasonable $10 each. They each contributed another $10, which paid for their dinner and flowers.
That morning a friend taught us how to make corsages and they turned out beautifully. We took the extra flowers and made three beautiful floral arrangements for the dining table. Other mothers helped in different ways to make the evening special. A close friend who's a college senior served as the waiter for the evening. We made a wonderful Italian meal, and tried to stay out of the kids' way.
It was a fantastic night for everyone. They are already planning to do the same thing next year. What great memories we have, and no one went broke in the process! -- JUDY AND ALAN PANNELL, FERNLEY, NEV.