Project Graduation has been an ongoing tradition in Grundy County since 2005. With Beth Brown at the helm of this program, along with help from then-faculty member Maggie Giel, Project Graduation has succeeded in keeping Grundy County High School graduates (and friends) drug and alcohol free on one of the deadliest nights of the year for young peoples. Programs like Grundy County’s Project Graduation exist for this purpose- to keep our young people safe. For participants, it is also a wonderful celebration of their accomplishments.
Each year, staff members fundraise to support this cause and purchase gifts for the graduating seniors as well as food for the night. Our county’s newest high school alumni are able to choose a gift in the order that their names are drawn, with the last person drawn being awarded that graduation year in dollars- this year: $2,017. For many years, this grand prize has been provided by the Board of Education. Due to budget cuts, the board will not be able to give this prize in 2018. Teachers at Grundy County High School will be looking to the community for support in raising this prize for the 2018 graduating class.
This year’s donations were vital to the success of the evening. For that, we would like to thank the Board of Education, Bridgestone Local Union #1155, Beth Brown, Ben Lomand, Toyo, Gimme $10 Auction, and Sonic in Monteagle. For the generous donation of prizes, Howard Technology Solutions (ASUS C202 Chromebook), Bob Foster at Tree of Life Homecare (four $25 gift cards), and April Fults at Jackson Hewitt (Hamilton Beach microwave).
Karissa Northcutt was the grand prizewinner this year, along with Emily Green taking home a new Chromebook computer, and Natalie Jones winning the Hamilton Beach microwave.
If you would like to make a donation of any kind to Project Graduation, contact Jessica Reid at Grundy County High School.