WHISPERING PINES — On May 12, the first-ever Moore County Homeschool Prom was held for students in grades 9-12 in Whispering Pines, North Carolina.
The prom was held at The Country Club of Whispering Pines from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets to attend were $75 and included a seated dinner, raffle ticket, mocktail celebration drink, and 4×6 commemorative photo.
Chris and Betsy Miller, who are homeschool parents from Moore County, organized the event.
“As parents who choose to homeschool, we know that our kids are missing out on certain things; that is WHY we homeschool,” the Millers said. “But there are really important events like prom that no kid should miss.”
Sixty-three students and 17 parents dined and danced the night away at the inaugural event. Miller said she is hoping to double those numbers next year.
“As parents who choose to homeschool, we know that our kids are missing out on certain things; that is WHY we homeschool. But there are really important events like prom that no kid should miss.”
Chris & Betsy Miller
After realizing the only option for their children to attend prom was either in Charlotte or Fayetteville, the Millers took matters into their own hands and created the Moore County Homeschool Prom. What happened next was a night that is still being talked about.
“Most proms are 7-11 with snacks and drinks provided. We wanted to create an experience that was like no other,” Betsy Miller said. “I think we were successful.”
One student was chosen at random to win a mystery gift basket containing 2 Movie Tickets, a family bowling night, candy, water balloons, and games. A Prom King and Queen were also chosen at random from the seniors who were in attendance.
Miller said those interested in attending next year should keep an eye on the event calendar on the Eventbrite website under Moore County Homeschool Prom or follow her profile on Eventbrite.