Group Seeks Support for HHS Grad Party

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We are all pretty much a familiar with the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Well, it also takes a village to throw a huge, safe party to welcome those children into adulthood.

HHS Project Graduation is planning just such a celebration for the Hermiston High School’s class of 2015, however, the group needs support from the community to cover the expenses. Costs include site rental, food, insurance, games, entertainment and transportation.

Jenny Miller, president of HHS Project Graduation, said the event, which is held the night of graduation, is a great way to keep graduates safe. The drug- and alcohol-free gathering includes a variety of food, games and other activities, and prizes.

“To put on a party of this magnitude, it takes thousands of dollars,” said Michelle Kane, a committee member. “Monetary donations of any size would be greatly appreciated.”

Kane added that in-kind donations of items that the graduates may enjoy getting as a prize are also most welcome.

All donors will be mentioned in an advertisement in printed and online media, unless the donor would like to remain anonymous. HHS Project Graduation is a nonprofit organization, so donations are tax deductible.

The committee of parents and caring community members is in the midst of a letter campaign to local businesses in an effort to garner support. Of course, individuals may also contribute. Checks should be made out to “HHS Project Graduation” and mailed to: HHS Project Graduation, P.O. Box 1105, Hermiston, Ore., 97838. In-kind donations can be mailed or given to Kane or Kathy Dopps at West Park Elementary School.

For more information, contact Miller at jenny.miller@hermiston.k12.or.us; or Kane at michelle.kane@hermiston.k12.or.us or 541-564-5985.