Project Grad: Important effort still needs community support

An important community effort is need of more help from the community.

The Project Graduation 2014 committee is running short on fundraising for the June 6 all-night drug- and alcohol-free party at Hood River Elks Lodge.

This party, an annual Hood River tradition, gives Hood River Valley High School’s newest grads a safe place to party. Each year parents, businesses and community organizations come together to plan and pay for this event in service to youth.

Committee member Rhonda Fischer, an RN, wrote in a recent appeal, “as an emergency nurse for over 20 years, I can tell you the graduation night is statistically a very ‘at risk’ event for our kids. It is a truly a community effort to provide a safe and healthy alternative for kids to celebrate their accomplishments.”

The party is also important as a rite of passage for those students earning their diplomas at commencement that night at Henderson Field at HRVHS. Supporting Project Graduation is one way to show our young people they are regarded as important parts of the community

Contact Wendy Herman at 541-490-6828 or 68 or with any questions, or if you have in-kind donations such as prizes.

If you can help financially, send your tax-deductible donation to Project Graduation 2014, 1767 12th St., No. 178, Hood River, OR 97031.

Monetary donations will make a significant difference in the success of the event.

When you hear the commencement fireworks go off at about 9 p.m. June 6 at Henderson Field, think of the happy occasion it is, and the fun yet secure celebration they will enjoy starting an hour or so later.

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