More than 100 parent-volunteers are working on Project Graduation '96.
Plans are shaping up for an overnight party on May 26 so graduating high school seniors can celebrate safely.
The party, sponsored by class members' parents, will start at 10:30 p.m. and run until 4:30 a.m. at The Granada, 1020 Mass.
Entertainment, prizes and food will continue through the night, in an effort to provide a safe environment for graduating seniors to celebrate their accomplishment.
More than 100 parent-volunteers from Lawrence High School and Lawrence Alternative High School are working on Project Graduation '96.
Jeanie Brown, who co-chairs the prizes and donations committee with Hank Booth, said volunteers are contacting Lawrence businesses about helping with Project Graduation.
"They're going to try to go to each business and give them a letter that explains we're doing an alcohol- and drug-free party for the kids," Brown said.
Businesses are urged to give prizes or cash. At last year's party, $50 was given away to grads every 15 minutes, and Brown said organizers would like to do the same this year. Cash also is used to buy larger prizes, such as small televisions or microwaves, she said.
"We're appreciative of any kind of gift," she said, "and I know the kids are, too. ... The kids were really excited last year about all the prizes they got."
A number of parents, as well as teachers and administrators, will volunteer to chaperon at the party. Teachers will award prizes and run the games, said Jane Johnston, one of four parents on the Project Graduation '96 steering committee.
A disc jockey will play songs selected by seniors, and prizes will be awarded every 15 minutes during the gathering. Party pictures will be taken. And games -- including pool, and basketball and football throwing contests -- will be ongoing throughout the evening.
The Journal-World is underwriting the cost of renting The Granada, including the disc jockey, as well as some other costs. In addition, the newspaper has donated a $500 scholarship for post high school study that will be given out the night of the party.
Party for grads
A celebration for members of the Class of 1996 from Lawrence High School and Lawrence Alternative High School is set for 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. May 26 at The Granada, 1020 Mass. Doors will be open from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Prizes will be given away every 15 minutes, starting at 11 p.m.
A buffet will be served at midnight, and breakfast will be available at 3:30 a.m.
Anyone who would like to donate prizes or cash to be given away at the party may call Jeanie Brown, 842-7799.