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2011 Project Graduation committees meet

Posted Sunday, May 1, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Since 1990, Project Graduation has been an annual event for graduating seniors from all three high schools. Co-sponsored by the Chatham Drug Free and Chatham County 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 graduation celebration," said Susan Powell, coordinator of the Chatham Drug Free.

"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, Director of Student Services with the school system and chair of CDF. "Without parent and community support, Project Graduation would not take place," he continued.

Each year, the committee raises money from local businesses, organizations, houses of worship 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 Powell. "It truly is a community effort."

This year, the countywide event will be held at Northwood High School in Pittsboro from 11:00 p.m. Saturday, June 11 until 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 12. 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 on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center, Northwood High School on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center and Jordan-Matthews High School on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center.

"We invite everyone in the community to come and be a part of this event," said Greger-Holt. "It's a great way to honor our graduates and help them see that the community supports a safe celebration."

If you cannot make the meeting but want to help with preparing for or supervising the event, please contact George Greger-Holt at 542-6400, or Susan Powell at 219-7404.

If you or your company or employer 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.

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