Back when I was teaching at No Name High School, one of the things we did was chaperone an all night alcohol-free party for the graduating seniors. ( That's Without Alcohol, not with Free Alcohol!) It was called Project Graduation, and many communities have established this as an annual event. The idea behind it is to provide an opportunity for the students to celebrate graduation with their classmates safely in a drug-free, alcohol-free environment..
We would rent a large fitness facility that had a swimming pool, racketball courts, and a large area for a band and dancing, so there would be something for everyone to do. The teachers would run a casino night with black jack tables, craps tables, roulette wheel, etc. Each participant would start with a certain number of chips, and at the end of the night. the chips would be cashed in for prizes donated by area businesses. There would be pizza and chips and soda and snacks; board games, dancing, racketball, swiming, etc.
We would bus the students from the school to the out-of-town fitness facility. We searched their gym bags to make sure no drugs or alcohol were brought in, and once they arrived at the destination, they would not be allowed to leave and return, to discourage anyone sneaking out to down a few. I took part in this activity every year for several years, and it was quite a successful event.
There usually were several busloads of students attending, with teachers serving as chaperones on the bus. The only problem I recall was one year a student on the bus in front of ours decided to "Moon" us. Of course the kids thought this guy dropping his drawers in the back window was a laugh riot, but the principal of the school was not pleased. He took me aside and asked me if I could identify the culprit. I had to admit I just didn't recognize the kid from that angle!
"I know we have a no jeans for teachers policy, but I don't have any exams to give tomorrow, I'll just be in my empty classroom correcting and grading yesterday's exams. I wouldn't ask, except that I'm so tired that I'm afraid if I go home to change, I'll fall asleep and not make it back here," she said.
So Alice came to school in the same attire she had worn for project graduation, and spent most of the day grading exams in her classroom as promised. When it was lunchtime, she went to check her mailbox in the Faculty mailroom, and found an envelope with a letter addressed to her. It said:
Memo to Alice Johnson
Dear Ms. Johnson:
It has been brought to the attention of the Faculty Dress Code Committee that you have been seen wearing jeans in your classroom. This is a direct violation of the Faculty Dress Code, Section 3, Article 4, and is, indeed, a serious infraction.
After discussion, it has been decided that if you will report to the Assistant Principal's office and drop the offending garments, no further disciplinary action will be taken.
John Stevens, Chairperson*
Faculty Dress Code Committee
No Name High School
*yep, the same culprit guilty of yanking my chain in the F is for Faculty post.