CAN YOU HELP? Chief Sealth IHS seniors ‘planning a prom during a pandemic’

In three months, the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2022 will graduate, as will their counterparts elsewhere, after spending more than half their time in high school living through a pandemic. The CSIHS senior class will be allowed to have a Senior Prom but needs some assistance because the pandemic has constrained their fundraising opportunities. Joselyn Panganiban, a CSIHS Senior Class ASB officer, emailed us to ask for community support. The seniors have worked hard to trim costs – for example, while Seattle Center is offering schools a reduced rate for prom space, she says, that’s still $2,000 – half their budget – so they’re cutting venue costs for starters:

Due to our current circumstances concerning finances, we at Chief Sealth High School have decided to hold prom on school grounds. While we no longer have to pay the $2,000+ fee or other costs that a venue would have required, there are still many obstacles that we are currently trying to overcome in planning a prom during a pandemic. Our ASB officers have been trying to find various ways to fundraise from selling merchandise, seasonal gift packages, creating direct donation links. and more. While we are beyond grateful for the opportunity to even have a Prom, this does not change the fact that we have lost years worth of fundraising to have the Prom that we at Chief Sealth had imagined.

The prom is set for June 4th. They also plan to welcome Sealth alumni from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 who want to attend since they didn’t get to have proms. If you’d like to contribute, here’s how.

15 Replies to "CAN YOU HELP? Chief Sealth IHS seniors 'planning a prom during a pandemic'"

  • Emily March 10, 2022 (2:39 pm)

    Happy to send some funds your way! Wishing you all the best, Class of ’22!

  • over corona March 10, 2022 (2:44 pm)

    I’ll bet if  you guys could hold a car wash you would get a lot of attendees. Also, a 50/50 raffel  might be a quick way to raise money. I hope asking the community is successful. I for one hope you have an awesome prom!!

  • WS Native March 10, 2022 (5:50 pm)

    Fabulous idea! It’s time to start living a normal life again.  We will be contributing to this very worthy event. Congrats Sealth Seniors! 

  • Friend O'Dinghus March 10, 2022 (5:52 pm)

    Come on everyone, let’s help these folks have a proper Prom. I’m so happy to hear the other impacted Senior classes have been invited too. If everyone reading this article were to send just $5.00….I know I am right now. 

  • Rain March 10, 2022 (6:02 pm)

    Have a great prom. And so wonderful to be inviting the class of 2021 to join you!  Happy to contribute!

  • Voter March 10, 2022 (7:56 pm)

    Do you know if they need prom dresses, etc? I have a few in the closet that I no longer need. Will send $$ too!

  • 1994 March 10, 2022 (8:40 pm)

    The direct donation link worked for me – an easy way to send some funds.

  • owl March 10, 2022 (10:26 pm)

    I’m sure there are many reasons why this wouldn’t be possible, but, had an image of a prom at Lincoln Park, with some wooded areas and walking trails decorated with strand lights, at night and under the stars… a small stage with a band, and a few food trucks… how cool would that be.

    • YES2WS March 11, 2022 (7:09 am)

      That is a beautiful, awesome idea; seriously! The idea of properly chaperoning it, however, could prove quite difficult.

  • Nekya March 11, 2022 (8:50 am)

    Go Seahawks!!

  • John Sposato March 11, 2022 (11:23 am)

    I may not live in King County or have much, but this came up in my news feed and I knew I had to give a little something for these deserving kids. Glad the last two classes can come too as I was hoping they could to make up for not getting to do this when they were in school.

  • School Mom March 11, 2022 (12:31 pm)

    So excited for you to be able to have a prom! Make sure to reach out to your school’s PTSA and senior parents to see what support they can do to support you, as I know many would love to contribute but don’t really know this is happening! 

  • Meryl March 11, 2022 (6:34 pm)

    Glad you reached out! Happy Prom and Congratulations on your graduations! Also, a huge shout out to Patrick and Tracy for keeping our community informed and united!

  • Friend O'Dinghus March 12, 2022 (11:24 am)

    Will we get an update on how much the Senior class has raised towards their goal?

  • Lorie March 20, 2022 (1:33 pm)

    Maddie’s Nana here. I am so excited that the class of 2022 gets to have a prom! I am making a donation to help them achieve a magical Prom.Lorie

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