New Vision Youth to hold annual prom this Saturday

Holly Viers • Sep 21, 2017 at 2:11 PM

KINGSPORT — Children can put on their Sunday best and dress to impress this Saturday at the annual New Vision Youth prom at the V.O. Dobbins Center.

Preschoolers through 11-year-olds can dance from 4-6:30 p.m., and children ages 12 through 17 will follow from 7-10 p.m.

“It’s for kids to come out, have fun and meet other kids from all over Kingsport and the surrounding area,” said Johnnie Mae Swagerty, director of New Vision Youth. “We just want them to have a good time.”

Swagerty said this is the 14th year of the New Vision Youth prom, and between 40 and 50 children typically attend each year.

Because the prom is free, Swagerty said it gives children who can’t afford to go to their school’s prom the chance to have a similar experience.

“They don’t have to worry about paying a fee to get in or renting a tux or dress,” Swagerty said. “It’s for them to get to know other kids, have fun and dance.”

A prom prince and princess will be crowned in the first age group, and a prom king and queen will be crowned in the second group. Swagerty said the children will be selected based on their display of manners and good behavior during the event, and winners will receive a sash and trophy.

A dance contest will also be held, and free refreshments will be available for the children.

Swagerty said New Vision Youth is currently accepting donations of cookies, chips and Capri Suns to use as refreshments at the prom. They can be dropped off at the V.O. Dobbins Center’s recreation department from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Swagerty at (423) 429-7553.