WOODSTOCK, CONN. — In her 26 years as an educator, Laura Gauld has seen teenage fads come and go. This year, her first as principal of The Hyde School, Gauld took a stand on transportation to the prom. Gauld announced all students, their dates, and all faculty would ride in a charter bus to their prom. No limousines would be allowed on campus.
"I've watched the prom get out of control. Buying a dress and getting your hair done is one thing, but going to extremes is completely different," said Gauld. "I think it speaks volumes about what the youth culture is dealing with. I decided we needed to go in a different direction."
The Hyde School's senior class of slightly more than 50 students all live on campus. Gauld said some students didn't like the idea at first, but most came around by prom time. She mentioned the idea to parents at a meeting during Parents Weekend last month and got a positive response. So Gauld announced her decision to students.
Shelly Callahan-Gada of Baltic said she'd like to see similar measures taken at other schools. Although Callahan-Gada's daughter, Emily, is only 12 and still has her prom years ahead of her, Callahan-Gada said anything that helps reduce competition among students is positive.
Hyde School senior Alana Hassanein, 18, said most students weren't upset about riding in the bus. She said traveling as a group to one of the biggest events in the life of a high school student reflects Hyde's aim to create a community among students.
The Hyde School prom was held on May 3 at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson, CT. Hyde-Woodstock's decision to ride to prom in chartered buses was covered by two news stations: WTNH-TV9, and WVIT-TV30 an NBC affiliate.
Source: Norwich Bulletin