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June 4, 2014

Project Graduation 2014 seeks last-minute help

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School graduates will put on the cap and gown Friday, before walking down the aisle and grabbing their diplomas

Then comes “Project Graduation 2014,” designed to provide a safe, fun and alcohol/drug free lock-in event, with activities schedule all through the night. But organizers say they need some last minute assistance to make it all come together.

Bonnie-Jean Stewart said a combination committee of senior parents and students have been working since August to raise the $25,000 needed to pull off the celebration.

“Each student attending has been guaranteed a night of fun, an original designed T-shirt by Heather Norman and a gift of at least $25 as an incentive to come,” Stewart said.

Project Graduation 2014 will take place at the high school .Students will be allowed to check in between 11 p.m. and midnight Friday.

“No one will be admitted after midnight,” Stewart said. “If anyone leaves the building for any reason they will not be readmitted.”

Activities during Project Graduation 2014 include Laser Tag, a comedic hypnotist, an obstacle course, a giant dance party, Twister, a climbing mountain, a mechanical bull, jousting, a photo booth, casino night gaming, a cash cube and more.

“We are at the 11th hour and find ourselves short of the total goal,” Stewart said. “The community businesses, families and individuals have made an enormous outpouring of love and support in honor of these students but I would like to put out a final plea for donations of door prizes in the $25-plus range as well cash donations for the “cash cube.”

Students are being encouraged to stay at the event until 4 a.m. Saturday, at which time there will a drawing for big prizes.

“We would certainly accept those as well,” Stewart said. “We are looking for items that will benefit them in their future plans, whether that be continued education or joining the workforce; such as mini-fridges, laptops, i-Pads, Keurigs, Kindles, luggage, etc. Actually anything anyone chooses to donate will be greatly appreciated by the students.”

Donations need to be arranged by noon Friday. Those wanting to make a contribution or who may want more information can call 903-456-4741.

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