Knox County Schools: Food, proms and more

Josh FloryBearden, Our Town Kids

The Knox County school board is now accepting applications to serve as student representative for the 2021-22 school year. The seat, which is currently held by L&N STEM Academy senior Abigail Lee, is available to students from the Class of 2022, and the application deadline is 4 p.m. Thursday, March 25. Click here for an application packet.

Just in Time Food Distribution: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 18, Bethel AME Church, 2460 Parkview Ave. for those in need of food. Enter from back lot on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Sponsored by Second Harvest of East Tennessee.

Love Thy Neighbor Food Distribution every Wednesday in March at noon until 350 boxes are gone. Boxes contain fresh meat, fruit, dairy and vegetables. Overcoming Believers Church (east entrance), 211 Harriet Tubman St.

Bearden High School will hold its prom this year – May 1 at The Mill and Mine – with some Covid restrictions following Knox County Schools and Knox County Health Department guidelines.

In order to have as many students attend as possible, prom will be separated into two sessions: session 1 from 6-8:30 p.m. and session 2 from 9:30 p.m. until midnight with 335 tickets sold for each. The hour in between allows for full sanitization of the space.

Students may choose whichever session they would like to attend until all tickets for that session have been sold. Just like in the past, students must be eligible to attend (no OSS, on track to graduate, and no more than 10 unexcused absences: quarantine periods are excused).

Tickets will be sold for $45 each to seniors only March 22-26 and juniors and seniors March 29 to April 1. If tickets sell out, students will be put on a waiting list on a first come, first serve basis. A mandatory signed waiver will be required to purchase tickets. Students can either download the waiver here or pick up a copy during lunch while checking eligibility status.

New this year due to KCS COVID guidelines for proms, all attending students must be KCS students (virtual or in-person). No out-of-county students, homeschool students or private school students will be allowed to attend as dates.

If KCHD guidelines change to allow for a larger event, more tickets will be released and/or the school will move back to the normal event times of 8 p.m. to midnight.

We will need parent volunteers! If you would like to volunteer to sell tickets, help with set-up or break-down of prom, or during the 1 hour “break” for sanitization, email

Josh Flory is a multi-media specialist with Knox County Schools and writes the blog Hall Pass for the KCS website.

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