Plans are underway for Project Graduation on May 23rd, the night of Graduation for the Class of 2008 at DeKalb County High School.
Jessica Dyer, a member of the class, says Project Graduation is a night of celebration and fun for the graduates. "Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol free event and it takes place right after graduation. It keeps the students off the roads on a night when it's really easy to make some bad decisions."
Tyler Cripps, another member of the class, says Project Graduation is held on campus under adult supervision. "Project Graduation starts as soon as graduation is over and it will last until the next morning. There will be adult supervision so parents don't have to worry about their kids running wild in the school. There will be teachers, administrative staff, and parents there to help watch over everybody."
Dyer says the graduates also have a chance to win prizes during Project Graduation." Everybody who participates in fund raising activities for Project Graduation, making posters, or anything like that, gets their name in a drawing for TV's, MP3's, gas cards, and gift cards to places like Old Navy and Wal-mart. There's just some really good prizes. Anyone who would like to make a donation to Project Graduation can go to the drive through at DeKalb Community Bank and just say this money is for Project Graduation. An account is already set up and your donation will be deposited right into that account. We meet about two times per month. We talk about our shirts, what kind of shirts we're going to make, our fundraisers, and we try to plan to make it good for all the students.'
Dyer says a male beauty contest is also set for March 1st as a fund raiser for Project Graduation. "We're having a male beauty pageant on March 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the gym. The senior guys will be dressing up like females. We're going to have a top ten. They will perform a talent and there will be a question round. From the top ten we'll pick the winner and he will be Mr. Project Graduation 2008. He will get a certificate and a little crown. Admission is $5.00 but kids age 10 and younger will be admitted free. The entry fee is $2.00 for any senior guy who wants to enter that."
The next Project Graduation meeting will be held at the Smithville office of DeKalb Community Bank March 3rd at 6:00 p.m.