Early High School Class of 2007, it’s almost time to party — all night long.
Kim Finch, one of the organizers for this year’s Project Graduation, said the annual safe, drug- and alcohol-free post-graduation party “is really coming together, great.”
Early’s graduation exercises are scheduled for 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Brownwood Coliseum.
Project Graduation for the Early graduates will run from 11 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday at the high school. The party is done in “lock down” style to keep it safe, and rule against drug and alcohol use.
“We’ll lock the doors at 11:30 and after that no one goes in or out,” Finch said.
But with all there is to do, all the prizes and the “divvying up of the point money,” Finch said, there shouldn’t be any place more fun for the approximately 92 graduated seniors.
For the activities, kids can play in a Texas Hold ’Em tournament, and there’s bingo and “Fear Factor,” as well as a “brain game” called “Are you smarter than a fifth-grader?”
By popular demand, Finch said, several of the “blowup bounce games” — the Sumo wrestlers and jousting — are going to be available.
Businesses have donated various prizes, which will be given away as door prizes, Finch said, and there are enough prizes to have a drawing for several different prizes each hour.
In addition to the door prizes, seniors and their parents earned points for their participation in planning and organizing Project Graduation.
“The money not used for the party, will be divided and distributed to the students according to the number of points they earned,” Finch said. “They voted and that’s what they chose to do with any extra money.
“We’ve been told we’ve raised more money than any other class— ever,” Finch said. “And we did meet our goal of $25,000.”
Fund-raisers included a poinsettia sale at Christmas time, Krispy Kreme donut sales, a silent auction and a baked potato supper, bake sales and a Little Dribblers’ basketball tournament. But one of the most successful efforts, Finch said, was the “Cinderfella Beauty Pageant and spaghetti supper.”
“That may be the start of a tradition for the Project Graduation planners,” Finch said. “It was a tremendous success. Our kids had a great time, and we had people say they had a good time, that they wanted it to be an annual event.”