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Project Graduation Seeks Donations

The Alternative Press Staff

Sunday, June 1, 2014 • 11:25am

SPARTA, NJ-Sparta High School Project Graduation is looking for help.  The volunteers that had organized the program are requesting support from local families, companies, corporations and organizations.  They are seeking donations and door prized to make this event as special as possible.

Project Graduation is an alcohol and substance free marathon length celebration aimed at preventing post- graduation tragedy, even saving lives.  Immediately after the graduation ceremony at the high school the students turn in their cap and gown, check in with Project Graduation volunteers,  then board busses that take them to the site of the all night event.

This is a popular annual event with nearly all graduates participating.  It prevents students from party hopping on the night of graduation.  Project Graduation keeps students all together to celebrate this important milestone in their lives.   Since this program began .   Since this program began at Sparta High School in 1988 there have not been any fatal motor vehicle accidents on graduation night.

Project Graduation always  offers graduates a wide variety of activities and of course food.  There is something for everyone with a pool, basketball and volley ball courts, inflatables, music, massages, board games, and the widely popular culmination of the evening - the hypnotist.  Students receive a t-shirt and beach towel.  There are door prizes called throughout the evening. 

Many of the volunteers that run this important program no longer even have children in the school.  They are asking the community for support in the form of monetary donations as well as gift cards, gas cards, dorm accessories and other items to try to get door prizes and raffle prizes  for each student that attends. 

The event is entirely coordinated by volunteers that organize throughout the year, along with an army of adults to chaperone on site graduation night. 

Kevin Pollison is a Sparta High School alumnus, father of Sparta alumnae and served for six years on the Sparta Board of Education.  He has also gladly volunteered to chaperone this event for many years. 

"The first time I volunteered for Project Graduation I thought 'how can I possibly stay up all night,' but surprisingly the night  always flies by.  It's both exhilarating and a bit melancholy as you realize this may be that last time you see these fine young adults all together.  To me that's priceless," said Pollison.   

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering is asked to contact Lynn Keenen at 973-222-0382 or at mltriplejk@yahoo.com or Project Graduation 2014, PO Box 392, Sparta, NJ 07871.

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