See our Project Graduation Ideas and Share Your own!
As seniors are settling into their class schedules and starting their college applications, Booster Clubs are already busy planning Project Graduation 2010 fundraisers and activities.
Project Graduation is a safe all-night post-graduation celebration that was started in 1979 in Maine after the Oxford Hills community experienced a tragic seven teen deaths during commencement season. The event has spread to all 50 states providing safe and fun filled post-graduation activities that last all night in a lock-in drug and alcohol free environment.
Last year we shared some fun Project Graduation ideas in our Project Graduation 2009 post, and asked our readers to add their traditions. We learned that some schools partner Project Graduation with a community outreach activity like a food drive or a communal art project. In many communities, local retailers sponsor events and provide food, prizes and take-away gifts for Seniors. The only thing limiting the fun and power of this event is your committee's collective imagination.
Below are some time-tested Project Graduation favorites and fresh ideas added by our readers.
- DJ, live bands, and entertainment such as comedians and performance artists
- Rent Photo Booths, Sumo Suits, Human Gyroscope, and other fun activities
- Garage Band & Guitar Hero competition
- Set a fun theme like Oscars or Luau
- Karaoke with prizes
- Bonfire (safety first, of course)
- Senior screening - film a movie of senior activities during the school year and screen it for the first time at Project Graduation (also a fundraiser - charging for DVD copies)
- Rent out a bowling ally, rock climbing gym, arcade, pool, etc.
- Casino - with monopoly money - play for prizes
- Spa corner: manicures, pedicures, chair massages
- Fortune teller/card reader/psychic
- Door prizes (good ones like iPods, laptops, and amusement park passes) donated by local businesses
- Graduation canvas/graffiti wall - decorated by seniors and hung in a public place on campus for future classes to see
- Wish Sail - each senior writes a wish on a slip of paper and attaches it to a giant sail or flag flown over the school for several weeks after graduation
- Sweet sensations - set up a room full of treats - chocolate fountain, make your own sundaes and floats, creative cupcakes, etc.
You can also check out this handy Project Graduation How-to manual; use it for a variety of safe teen celebrations like homecomings, proms, Halloween carnivals, victory dances and more!
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Help us all plan for more Project Graduation fun in 2010 - please click Comments below and add your school'smemorable Project Graduation traditions or advice on making the evening the best event ever.