Originally published March 3, 2012 at 12:00p.m., updated March 14, 2012 at 02:37p.m.
The event happens every year with the same name, serving the same people, carried out by the same group.
We refer to Project Graduation, which benefits the senior class, and happens thanks to parents and community supporters.
Parents, former parents, and community members with no current connection to the school give of their time and money every year for all kinds of programs serving the youth of the community. They coach, they flip pancakes, or tutor math or reading, sort bottles, or do any number other academic, athletic and extracurricular activities, because they care about kids.
And every year the community steps up for Project Graduation — the all-night safe party for the Class of 2012 on the night of graduation.
Believe it or not, it is again time to help this program. Parents have been holding events (see above) to raise money all year, and now the leg work is happening for the actual event in June. Spring break is near, and by April the event goes into planning mode.
Which means donations of goods, services and cash are needed and gladly accepted by the Project Graduation Committee on behalf of the Class of 2012.
The place is taken care of: this year, as usual, Elks Club donates use of the facilities. While each graduate pays a small fee to attend the party, it takes substantial community support to fund the entertainment, prizes and food each year.
The March 7 Hood River News will carry more details on how to get involved and what is needed, including information on a March 21 organizational meeting.
June 8 might be less than imminent but what is around the corner is this: the committee wants to get a firm handle on its resources and what it can provide in terms of prizes, food, games and amenities to make the graduation night party an attractive option for the graduates — and a memorable night to boot.
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