Project Grad 2017 rolls along

 

The strong man bell is set up at fundraising events for Project Grad 2017. Photo provided
The strong man bell is set up at fundraising events for Project Grad 2017. Photo provided

WINDSOR, Vt.  – The parents of Windsor High School seniors have come together for another monthly Project Grad meeting on fundraising.

Project Grad 2017 is a group co-chaired by Sandy Soho and Julie Gilman, with Robin Roberts acting as treasurer.

Along with the other parents of Windsor High School seniors, they plan and execute fundraising activities in support of events held for the graduating class.

The primary event is a safe and fun post-graduation party. All too often the joy of a graduating class is shadowed with tragic accidents stemming from unsupervised graduation parties. By providing a safe venue and activities for the students they are taking action to avoid a tragic occurrence.

This year’s graduation party will be held at the Carter Community Building Association in Lebanon, NH. Activities will include swimming, a disc jockey with photo booth, and Marco the Magician and Hypnotist. Other items to be provided are senior yearbooks, gift boxes and a pre-graduation breakfast.

One of the favorite fundraising activities for them is the strong man bell, a concession set up at various community events. A hammer is driven into a pad, launching a steel ringer skyward toward its hopeful destination, a bell at the top, which is only rung by a he-man type.

This game of strength and technique seems to increase in popularity when it is set up in close vicinity to the beer tent.

Other events include snack tables at local rest areas and sporting events, a home heating oil raffle and sales of holiday wreaths. The wreaths are pre-ordered from the local florist, decorated with pine cones and bows by the parents, and distributed to customers to welcome in the holiday season.

Also on the agenda is a pie sales event. Pies of various types are made by the parents then sold in time to serve at the Thanksgiving meal.

Senior Rowan Kelly said they appreciate what the group is doing.

“Being a senior is really difficult, between applying for colleges and life in general,” Kelly said. “I really think our parents get that. I think it’s amazing that they do this to provide us with a safe celebration of our lives up to this point.”

For anyone interested, wreaths and pies can be purchased at the Windsor House on Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 1 to 6 p.m., or contact a parent of a WHS senior.

The Project Grad group meets monthly at the Windsor Recreation Center.

Red bows are used on the holiday wreaths sold as a fundraiser to support Project grad 2017. Photo provided
Red bows are used on the holiday wreaths sold as a fundraiser to support Project grad 2017. Photo provided

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