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Committee plans for Project Graduation

By George Greger-Holt
Posted Monday, February 27, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Since 1990, Project Graduation has been an annual event for graduating seniors from all three high schools. Seniors and their guests enjoy a fun-filled evening with music, games and plenty of food in a safe graduation celebration that is alcohol and drug free.

“It is our communities' way of sending a clear message to our children that alcohol and other drug use does not have to be a part of their lives,” said Elizabeth Vickrey, co-chair of the newly formed Chatham Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth.

“The success of the event relies solely on the parents who come every year and help us prepare for and supervise the evening,” added George Greger-Holt, Student Assistance/Safe Schools Counselor with the school system and the other co-chair of CCADFrY. “Without parent and community support, Project Graduation would not take place,” he continued.

Each year, the committee raises money from local businesses and individuals so seniors can enjoy a night to remember. “With the communities' help, we hope to give away exciting door prizes, including a $2,000 grand prize to a senior from each high school at the end of the night,” said Vickrey. “It truly is a community effort.”

This year, the county-wide event will be held at Northwood High School in Pittsboro from 11:00 p.m. Friday, June 9, until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10. Students are encouraged to stay all night and must be present to win a prize.

Several meetings are planned across the county to involve parents in everything from fundraising to chaperoning to decorating and serving food. The meetings will be held at Chatham Central High School auditorium on Monday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m.; in the Northwood High School media center on Tuesday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m.; and in the Jordan-Matthews High School auditorium on Tuesday, March 14, at 7:00 p.m.

“We invite everyone in the community to come and be a part of this event,” said Vickrey. “It's a great way to honor our graduates and help them see that the community supports alcohol and drug free youth.”

Anyone who cannot attend the meetings, but who is interested in helping with preparing for or supervising of the event, please contact George Greger-Holt at 542-3626 or or Elizabeth Vickrey at 548-2488 or

Companies and/or employers that would like to donate money or merchandise for door prizes, please contact George Greger-Holt or send a check made out to Project Graduation, P. O. Box 128, Pittsboro, NC, 27312. All donations are tax deductible and each donor will receive a window flyer.

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