Project graduation keeps students out of trouble

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Seniors plan upcoming events for project graduation at Fast Lanes

Throughout the school year, seniors and parents have been working to raise money for project graduation on May 18.

Students this year will be bused from Cassville to Fast Lanes in Rogers, Ark. where they will spend the night from 12:30 p.m. to 5 a.m.

"This gives the class a chance to be together one last time," said Erin Bryan, one of the parents on the project graduation committee. "The students have a huge accomplishment of graduating; this gives them a safe and sober place to celebrate."

Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, said the event is a great way for graduates to stay out of trouble by going to parties where underage drinking may occur.

"Project graduation gives students a safe place to celebrate the achievement of graduating from high school," Kammerlohr said. "It keeps students from getting into trouble. In the past, [graduation night] has been a quiet night in Cassville for the police department."

Funds have already been raised to pay for Fast Lanes. The project graduation committee said they also want to raise enough money to make sure every senior can have a yearbook, and to get some fun surprises for the class.

Money has been raised through raffles and free-throw contests at different school sports events. Three upcoming events planned to raise money include:

* March 22 at 6 p.m. -- live and silent auction

* April 5 at 7 p.m. -- Big Man On Campus

* May 10 -- golf tournament

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