Itís only human nature to want to celebrate accomplishments, whether they are things youíve done yourself or things achieved by family members and friends. Later this month, high schools throughout the nation will be awarding diplomas to graduates who will be crossing into a new phase of their young lives. Itís a passage into adulthood in many ways, and itís certainly a time to remember.

Proud parents and relatives are already making plans to gather for graduation ceremonies, many of which wonít be held until the end of May or first part of June. This is a moment students ó and parents ó have been working toward for years, and with the guidance and support of dedicated educators the big day has finally arrived.

Major decisions must soon be made, if they havenít been faced already, concerning further education, career goals and lifeís directions in general. But the present tense is filled with anticipation, excitement, celebration and joy.

For many, that means that the party is definitely on.

Sadly, joy can sometimes turn to tragedy. One way many parents and communities have chosen to prevent such sorrow is a supervised post-graduation party with activities and prizes that are sure to attract attendance ó Project Graduation.

According to statistics provided by national Project Graduation organizers, teenage drivers are 10 times more likely than their adults to be involved in a fatal traffic accident. Contributing factors include inexperience, distractions inside the vehicle and that youthful sense of immortality. Thatís why Project Graduation functions have become so popular on commencement night. These drug-free, chaperoned celebrations provide graduates with a safe and entertaining why to mark their academic accomplishments with their classmates.

Project Graduation planners have been working throughout the past year to give seniors an evening to celebrate the close of one chapter in their lives before moving on to new challenges and opportunities. They are finalizing those plans at meetings under way in the coming weeks. Those parents and other volunteers, along with the individuals and businesses who generously sponsor prizes and make contributions, are making graduation night a much safer time for those who deserve to celebrate. Their efforts do not go unnoticed.

Brownwood Bulletin