Each year, the Newton South PTSO organizes and funds SouthFest, an after-Prom celebration for all seniors and their dates at South. While the pandemic has brought many challenges, the PTSO is focused on making this event happen for the senior class. With plans still being confirmed with the Mayor’s office, Parks/Rec and Newton Health & Human Services, we are moving forward to make this year’s SouthFest a safe, compliant, and most importantly, memorable evening for our departing seniors.
The PTSO and faculty have worked closely with the Class of 2021 officers and have submitted a proposed plan for a combined Prom/SouthFest event to Parks/Rec and Newton Health and Human Services. The proposed event is planned for June 6 (rain date June 7). In addition, we hope to provide year-end celebration events such as 21-Day Countdown celebration with food trucks during lunch blocks; and a last day of school event with banner signing and ice cream truck.
The PTSO has spent an average of $14,000 for SouthFest over the years. This year, we budgeted $10,000 with the uncertainty of the school year. But given the planned return of students to campus, we are asking for your help to fund a gap of $4,000 so we can celebrate the senior class in a safe yet festive way. The donations will fund multiple tents to comply with current social distance protocols and entertainment activities. And this year, donated funds will also help offset Prom ticket costs.
If you would like to contribute in a different way, we encourage you to be an adult monitor during the event as it will require more oversight. The Class of 2021 is grateful for your support.