Archive for Wednesday, September 29, 1999

Project Graduation a community bright spot

Project Graduation has a good time working for a great cause. Help out when the chance is offered.

September 29, 1999

If you ever start feeling negative about the community, as if people just don't care about anything any more, we've got something to brighten your spirits. Take a good look at Tonganoxie High School's Project Graduation. It actively involves students, parents, friends, businesses and the school district.

Everyone works together to plan and promote a successful after-graduation party for the seniors, including fund-raisers that vary from raffles to a golf tournament. Food and clothing sales raise money, and recipe books are being sold toward the same end.

The Project Grad committee, made up of senior parents, starts working a year or more in advance of graduation to cover all the bases.

What results, on graduation night, is a party that just about everyone wants to attend. It's not for a handful of "good" students or "special" students or those who don't want to attend "wild" parties. The Project Graduation party is, we have observed, "the place to be."

Its primary goal is to give students a safe place to party and celebrate graduation, without the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It goes on all night, and the kids come home tired but happy.

The committee meets 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Community National Bank. Everyone is invited to attend and get involved. It brings our whole community together for a good cause.

We applaud the movers and shakers who keep this great thing happening, and we encourage everyone to get involved.

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