More than $5,300 was raised during a three hour radiothon Friday morning on WJLE for the DCHS Class of 2010 Project Graduation.
DCHS teacher Chris Vance hosted the program and parents of high school seniors who serve on the Project Graduation committee answered phones, taking pledges during the drive. Several seniors were also permitted to leave school long enough to make a brief appearance on the radiothon to talk about their school activities and future plans and to answer phones.
Parents and students wish to thank everyone who supported the radiothon.
Project Graduation is an all night drug-free, alcohol-free graduation party for members of the DCHS Class of 2010 committed to having a safe, wholesome, yet entertaining celebration together for the last time as a class.
Amanda Ours, Senior Class President, says she is pleased with the results. "I'm very proud of the radiothon. I think we did an awesome job. We didn't reach our goal but we still made an awesome profit. I'm really looking forward to project graduation. It's the last time the senior class will be together as a whole so it's very important to us and we're very glad that DeKalb County has offered their support."
Kendra Foutch, Class Vice President, says the support of the community is greatly appreciated. "It means a whole lot to us that so many have given to project graduation. It will keep all of the students who are graduating off of the streets. It will also keep us all together and have one last memory all together. Again, I want to thank everyone for supporting us today, pledging their donations, and helping us reach more than half of our goal."
Donna Mathis, one of the parents, also expressed her appreciation. "We really appreciate everyone chipping in to help our seniors. As one grandmother put it, she just wanted us to keep her baby safe. That's what our goal is, to make sure they have a safe place and a fun time while they're there."
Caroline Carter, secretary of the senior class, says the money will be put to good use. "It's our last time to get together as seniors as a class. Sometimes when seniors get excited, their judgment can be clouded by excitement and that can lead to reckless decisions but our Project Graduation is drug free and alcohol free."
" Each of our attending graduates, they're going to receive a graduation goody bag and each one of the bags has the exact same thing in it. In the bags, there will be gift cards, gas cards, gift cards from clothing stores, restaurants, etc. Last year we had 110 attend (Project Graduation). This year we have 172 graduating seniors so we hope to get that number (attendees) up a little bit."
"We'll have drawings including one for seniors who have attended Project Graduation meetings. However many times you have attended the meetings, that's how many times your name is put in the drawings."
"The seniors will gather right after the commencement the night of May 21st and we will stay there (at the high school) from 11:00 p.m. until a certain time the next morning. Our theme this year is Mardi Gras. We're going to design a tee shirt. The senior class will design it themselves and each attendee of Project Graduation will receive one."
"We've asked to get some activities such as blow up rock climbing, the blow up slides, karaoke, a LIVE band or LIVE dee jay. We'll probably have games like volley ball, basketball, and stuff that everyone likes."
"I hope we have a good turn out because this is our last time together."