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What is a Senior Poster?

At After Prom, the hallways at the Lafayette – YMCA of Northern Colorado (2800 Dagny Way, Lafayette, CO 80026) come alive with the vibrant display of senior posters. This unique showcase offers a delightful and imaginative avenue to emphasize and celebrate the achievements and personality of your senior. Families have the chance to express their creativity in crafting a unique poster for your student that capture the essence of their senior year. It becomes a memorable and enjoyable experience for both the seniors and their classmates, fostering a sense of celebration and recognition within the event. This creative tradition adds a personalized touch to the festivities, allowing seniors to be prominently featured and appreciated in a fun-filled environment. Once After Prom is over, all of the posters will be taken to the school and hung in the main entrance for the entire student body to enjoy!

Parents and/or students create these posters prior to After prom on your own or join us at the Poster Building Workshop on March 9th (details below), the deadline dates for these to be laminated and turned in are below. Some print companies have an option to create a digital poster, CSNAP does not have a preferred vendor for that at the moment.

Lamination Deadline: Friday, March 29th at Morrell’s

Turn in to CHS office: Tuesday, April by 3:00pm Tuesday, April 2nd! 

Senior Poster

How do I Make a Senior Poster?

Creating a senior poster collage can be a fun and meaningful project. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make a senior poster collage:

  1. Gather Materials:
    • Heavy stock Poster board (NO FOAMBOARD)
      • Large 28″ X 22″ size poster 
    • Photos of the senior (baby pictures, childhood photos, high school memories) (around 20 photos)
    • Scissors
    • Glue or adhesive
    • Markers, stickers, or other decorative elements
    • Magazines or printed quotes (optional)
  2. Select Photos:
    • Choose a variety of photos that represent different stages of the senior’s life.
    • Include baby pictures, childhood memories, and high school highlights, student with friends, family, and memorable events.
  3. Plan Layout:
    • Be sure to add students full name and cell number on the back of the poster before you begin.
    • Before gluing anything, plan the layout of your collage on the poster board.
      • Consider leaving space for decorative elements, quotes, or captions.
  4. Cut and Arrange:
    • Begin cutting out the selected photos in various shapes and sizes.
    • Arrange the cutouts on the poster board to create a visually appealing collage.
  5. Add Decorative Elements:
    • Enhance your collage with decorative elements such as stickers, markers, or printed quotes.
    • Personalize the collage with the senior’s name,  or any other relevant details.
  6. Glue or Adhere:
    • Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, start gluing the photos and other elements onto the poster board.
    • Use a strong adhesive to ensure everything stays in place.
  7. Let It Dry:
      • Allow the glue to dry completely before moving the collage.
  8. Protect and Display:
    • Have poster laminated (Morrell’s in Lafayette is a huge supporter of CSNAP)
    • Once dry and protected, your senior poster collage is ready to be displayed at After Prom.
    • Turn post into CHS Office by April 2nd at 3pm.

Remember to have fun with the process and let your creativity shine. The collage is a wonderful way to celebrate and showcase the special moments of the senior’s life.

Poster Guidelines

  • Large heavy stock poster board typical at craft stores or craft aisle at Target or Wal-Mart
  • Decorations on the posters must be flat for the lamination to be effective
  • All posters must be laminated — Morrell Printing in Lafayette laminates and they are a HUGE supporter of After Prom!
  • Do not use foam board — it’s too heavy and will not be able to be hung up
  • Please write student’s first and last name and a phone # on the back of the poster, even if their name is displayed on the front
  • Make photocopies or have duplicates printed of your precious photos

Poster Building Workshop

Workshop Highlights:

Date and Time: March 9th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: CHS (Insert specific location details)
Purpose: Create senior posters

At the workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other parents, share ideas, and draw inspiration for your senior poster. All necessary supplies for the creative process will be provided, making it a hassle-free experience for all families. Please feel free to bring your own materials if you prefer!

Important Points to Note:

  • Bring Student Pictures: Ensure to bring the student pictures you intend to feature on the poster. This personal touch adds sentimental value to the final product.
  • Lamination Services: After crafting your poster masterpiece, plan to spend a few dollars on laminating it at a local vendor. Lamination provides durability and ensures your poster stands the test of time.
  • Time Frame for Lamination: Keep in mind that lamination services typically take a day or two. Consequently, plan on leaving your poster with the retailer for this duration. This allows for the completion of the lamination process, ensuring your poster is not only creative but also sturdy and well-protected.

This workshop promises a collaborative and creative environment where you can contribute to the celebration of your high school senior’s achievements. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make lasting memories and showcase the uniqueness of your senior through a personalized poster.