The 2014 graduating class of Elkins High School has decided to celebrate their graduation with an all night, drug- and alcohol-free after-graduation party, organized by the GFWC Junior Woman's Club of Elkins, to be held immediately after graduation on May 23.
This party is designed to ensure that none of the Class of 2014 will be injured or killed in a drug or alcohol-related accident. The theme for this year's party will be "Orange & Black Up All Night."
Statistics show that more young people between the ages of 16 and 20 are injured or killed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. in May and June than during any other time of the year.
This will be the 29th anniversary of Elkins High School's "Project Safe Graduation," the name used across the country for drug- and alcohol-free graduation parties. "Project Safe Graduation" is currently being held in all 50 states. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church Gym on Kerens Avenue from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
A variety of activities have been planned for the night, including casino games by the Elkins Kiwanis, a temporary tattoo artist, dancing and karaoke with music by a DJ Ron Gooden from WV Cool Tunes DJ Entertainment, a silent auction, arcade games provided by J. Rod's Vending, card games, a movie room, a photo booth by Shi-Foto from Coal City, a variety of food donated by area businesses, and much more.
Each senior staying the night will win a prize and will be eligible to win the grand prize. The grand prize is a pre-owned vehicle donated by Performance Motors and will be given away at the end of breakfast. Breakfast will be provided and prepared by the First United Methodist Church Men.
The local community is really supporting this party. Local businesses have donated prizes and money. The four local fire departments that service the Elkins High School area (Elkins, Beverly, Leading Creek and Coalton) are donating their time to help chaperone. The Randolph County Sheriff Department, Elkins City Police Department, and the West Virginia State Police Department will be making random appearances in and around the First United Methodist Church Gym to ensure that all the graduates and guests have a good time.
If anyone, business or personal, would like to make a donation to help with the party or would like to help chaperone, you may contact the Project Safe Graduation chairwoman, Angie Goff, at the number listed at the end of this article.
Parent information packets were mailed April 1 which included information about the party. The registration form is to be mailed to Angie Goff, Rt. 2, and Box 14A, Beverly, WV 26253 by May 17.
These forms can be obtained on the Elkins High School website under the Project Safe Graduation Party tab. These forms will provide the Project Safe Graduation Committee with attendance numbers to ensure we have enough food and prizes for all the graduates.
Graduates are allowed to bring one guest and he/she must be 15 to 20 years of age, no exceptions will be made. Please encourage your son or daughter to attend! It is mandatory that all seniors and guests pre-register for the party, this is a change from previous years.
As stated in the Project Safe Graduation booklet, "The Surgeon General has reported that life expectancy has improved over the past 75 years for every age group, except for the one that includes high school seniors, their death rate is higher today than it was 20 years ago because of the drunk driving crashes. But, with 'Project Safe Graduation,' we are fighting back."
For further information, please contact Project Safe Graduation Chairwoman Angie Goff at 304-636-5626.