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Project graduation committees seek community involvement

By George Greger-Holt
Posted Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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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 Community for Alcohol and Drug Free Youth 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 lives," said Susan Powell, coordinator of the 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, Director of Student Services with the school system and 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, houses of worship and individuals so seniors can enjoy a night to remember. "With the community's 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. Friday, June 12 until 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13. 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 Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center, Northwood High School on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center and Jordan-Matthews High School on Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center. Parents should be on the lookout for more information in their mailboxes.

"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 alcohol and drug free youth."

If you cannot make the meeting but want to help with preparing for or supervising the event, please contact George Greger-Holt at 542-3626 or, or Susan Powell at 219-7404 or

If you or your company oremployer 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 and recognition in the Chatham News and Record.

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