The Warren County High School Project Graduation Booster Club will be having its 20th annual plant sale March 29-30 at Bobby Ray Elementary School.
The sale will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday at 8 a.m. on Saturday. All proceeds help provide a safe environment for the class of 2013 on graduation night.
Warren County is nationally recognized as “The Nursery Capital of the World” and the plant sale provides a wide variety of locally grown trees and shrubs from Warren County’s finest nursery growers with hundreds of plants to choose from.
For two decades, Easter weekend marks the annual Project Graduation Nursery Sale. Nurseries from all over Warren County donate a wide variety of plants, trees, flowers and shrubs to the WCHS Project Graduation Booster Club in effort to raise money for the annual event held on graduation night.
Project Graduation provides an organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free environment filled with activities, music, food and prizes. The event offers graduating seniors a full night to celebrate alcohol-free at the Civic Center monitored by parents and volunteers.
Project Graduation emerged in the early 1980s in Maine. In 1979, seven students in the Oxford Hills area died during the commencement season as a result of alcohol or other drugs. The following year, local authorities, parents, and school officials combined efforts to inform and educate students of the problems of drugs and alcohol.
The seniors were offered an alternative to the traditional graduation night unsupervised party with a huge supervised event held at the local fairgrounds. The story was covered by the news media and was adopted as a major program initiative of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Education Services across America. Since then, participating high schools across the nation have seen a significant decline in drug- and alcohol-related deaths on graduation night.
Locally, graduating seniors and one friend enjoy a night of food, fun and friends at the Civic Center beginning about two hours or so after graduation. The attendees are allowed unlimited food, water and soft drinks and can partake in all sorts of games, including inflatable sumo wrestling, tricycle racing, Twister, Rook and inflatable basketball.
Seniors who participate in Project Graduation fundraisers have an opportunity to earn points for prizes such as laptops, TVs, iPods, digital cameras, gas cards and gift certificates to local stores. Some earn the opportunity to try and grab as much money as possible inside a money booth where paper money is blown through the air.
For more information, call 607-3231.