Partying right on seniors’ big night |

Partying right on seniors’ big night

BASALT A group of Basalt parents needs help with efforts to provide high school seniors with an alcohol- and drug-free alternative to partying on graduation night.The committee organizing Basalt’s version of Project Graduation is still seeking donations of merchandise and services from local businesses, as well as cash from anyone who wants to help.The idea behind Project Graduation is to barrage the graduating students with gifts and cash during a party that features a variety of activities. The event guarantees every participant will walk out with cash and prizes, and all stand an equal chance of winning the grand prizes, such as a Dell laptop computer, said Terri Christensen, chairwoman of the organizing committee.”The kids walk away with gifts that they will be blown away with,” she said.Project Graduation is a national program with endorsements from the parent-teacher association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Students Against Drunk Driving. It started to stop the drug- or alcohol-related accidents that can ruin graduation time.Basalt’s sanctioned party will take place from 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26 (graduation night), until 2:30 a.m. at Basalt High School. Once graduates enter the school, they may not leave until the event is over. Scores of adults supervise the activities.The party will feature dancing to music spun by a DJ, gambling tables, magic by Doc Eason, games, food, and constant drawings and competitions for prizes. Organizers didn’t want to divulge everything about the event because they wanted it to keep some intrigue for the seniors.Organizing committee member Judy Sullivan said organizers are still seeking volunteer help. However, the committee’s biggest need is for extra goodies for the seniors, she said. Money jars are at businesses throughout town. Mail contributions to: Project Graduation, P.O. Box 4057, Basalt, CO 81621.Anyone who can help with merchandise or services may call Terri Christensen at 948-9314.

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