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WCHS senior Kamrin McLaughlin was a big help loading trees Friday at the Project Graduation Nursery Sale. Kamrin is a speedy cross country runner and also a member of the Pioneer tennis team.

What does WCHS senior Kamrin McLaughlin know about trees?

“I know how to pick them up and load them in the back of a truck,” said Kamrin, one of the many seniors lending a hand Friday at the annual Project Graduation Nursery Sale.

The sale, held Friday and Saturday at Northgate Center in front of Big Lots, has traditionally been the largest fundraiser for Project Graduation, an all-night event held for seniors on graduation night.

For the second straight year, Project Graduation will be held at The Detention, which features video games, laser tag, mini golf and other fun. It’s held the night of WCHS graduation, which is May 27 this year.

Some of the nursery stock sold before the sale officially opened.

“We had people coming up and buying on Thursday night while we were unloading,” said Jennifer McBride, one of the organizers. “And we’ve had several people already contact us and say they will make an offer for everything we have left so it will all be sold when we’re done.”

Around 20 area nurseries showed their generosity and donated trees and shrubs. The two-day sale has raised in the neighborhood of $20,000 in the past.

The money is used to buy prizes and give seniors cash gifts as an encouragement to celebrate graduation night in a safe environment without drinking and drugs. Tablets, speakers and Bonnaroo tickets have been popular prizes in the past.

“I hope to win a mini fridge,” said Kamrin, who plans to attend college to study chemical engineering.

WCHS senior Madelyn Powers was busy helping customers on Friday and has already been taking classes at Motlow College through dual enrollment.

“I enjoy working with children so I plan on going into social work,” said Madelyn. “I’ve done some stuff with Kids of the Community already.”