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When the prom ends, Howard County keeps party going with After Prom events

Students at Long Reach High School in Columbia are readying their attire for prom night: tuxedos, evening gowns and corsages during the event; sweatshirts, hoodies and flip-flops afterward.

Like many county juniors and seniors, Long Reach students will get gussied up for their May 3 formal gala in Baltimore — then dress down and head to a popular prom night after-party.

Launched by the PTA Council of Howard County's Project Safe, the After Prom events are staged independently at each of the county's 12 high schools as an alternative to the private post-prom parties where alcohol and drug use could arise.

The parent-teacher groups have made After Prom events a haven...