Tuesday, January 15, 2013
When it comes to celebrating graduation, a longtime, local tradition helps keep Hood River Valley High School seniors safe, sober and sharing a great night of fun. The annual all-night event, to be hosted this year on June 7, is called Project Graduation.
According to Kathy McLean, co-chair of the event along with J.R. Windsor, parents in the valley have always stepped up to make the party a success.
“It happens with the help of a lot of donations and volunteers,” said McLean. The event aims to host the entire graduating class.
This year, a small organizing team is already hard at work identifying parent tasks that include goals in fundraising, volunteer coordination, student registration, decorating, security, music and entertainment, food, memory wall displays, raffle prize collection, clean-up and community appreciation.
What the team seeks now is a few additional parents and adults who willing to help in those areas.
The senior all-night party is held each year at the Hood River Elks Lodge, ensuring plenty of space free from tobacco, drugs and alcohol, in which the graduates can share their last night as HRV students together.
Last year more than 130 local businesses contributed cash or products to help make the event a success. Students are asked to contribute $35 toward the evening, which includes games, a DJ, raffle prizes, food, a photo booth and memory wall and dancing. Last year’s event featured a “casino,” and more activities are being planned.
“Our goal is to bring in enough support to cover our costs and leave a little starting money for next year’s parent coordinators,” said Windsor. The 2013 party started with a little over $2,000 from last year’s event.
McLean and Windsor recognize that not every parent can attend meetings or take on a leadership role, but note that many jobs require only a few hours of donated time. Less-demanding contributions can include anything from sending in a donation to volunteering to supervise for 2-3 hours during the event.
For those who have a little more time, committees are still looking for co-chairs and pre-event task leaders. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the HRVHS Commons on Feb. 13, March 13 and April 10.
For more information call McLean at 541-387-3569 or visit the Project Graduation 2013 Facebook page.
Donations may be made out to Project Graduation 2013; mail to 1767 12th St., Ste. 178, Hood River, OR 97031.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge