- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
In a very short time, the school bells will be ringing probably for the last time for graduating students in Charles County. No doubt, these students are anxiously looking forward to their graduation day and planning for their future. In between their graduation and future plans, many are looking forward to Project Graduation.
Project Graduation began in 1986 to provide graduates and their guests a night of drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free celebration. The event has a proven track record of fun and success. In the 25 years of Project Graduation, there has not been a vehicle accident or incident involving any graduate on graduation night. Now, that should put a lot of parents’ worries to rest at least for the night.
Each year, Project Graduation has proven to be a very popular event not only for the students and parents but also among various service organizations and agencies in the county. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Charles County spearhead this event and serve on the planning committee, along with members from the La Plata and Waldorf Kiwanis clubs. This event is made possible by major sponsors such as Chemical People of Charles County, Charles County Public Schools, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, College of Southern Maryland and the Charles County Department of Health.
One of the most valuable resources that contributes to the success of this event is that of individuals volunteering their time to work each evening of graduation in Charles County even parents of graduating students. This past school year, Project Graduation was held over two days. On June 7, graduates and their guests of Henry E. Lackey, La Plata and North Point were welcome for an evening of fun, food and fellowship at the College of Southern Maryland. Not to be left out the following night, the graduates of Westlake, Thomas Stone and Maurice J. McDonough were treated to their night of worry-free enjoyment.
The major service project of the Kiwanis Club of Charles County is serving as adult chaperones and adult leaders.
Each night, several members of the club are out and about gathering donated pizzas, burgers, hot dogs, chicken, drinks, cookies, cake etc. for the graduates, their guests and hardworking volunteers. Weeks before graduation night, club members are contacting local restaurants and vendors for donations of food and refreshments.
Their generosity is overwhelming and sincerely appreciated. Burger King, Coca-Cola, Old Country Buffet, Domino’s, Pizza Hotline, Three Brothers Pizza, Subway, Utz and Circus Ice Cream are among the major contributors and supporters.
Even though graduation is a few months away, it’s no doubt that the graduating seniors are making Project Graduation a part of their anticipated celebration. As in the past, this year’s event will be held at the College of Southern Maryland. Along with lots of food and drinks, here are some of the activities you can look forward to: a DJ, making one’s own karaoke video, gift bags for the seniors, which include a beach towel printed with their class year, carnival-type games, volleyball and swimming.
The members of the Kiwanis Club of Charles County are proud to be a part of this event and would like to thank everyone who makes Project Graduation a success each year. If interested in joining the Kiwanis Club of Charles County, call Max Webb at 301-509-0404.
Louise Goff, La Plata