Friday, June 16, 2017

2017 Project Graduation, an exciting night full of wholesome entertainment and activity by Lorraine Glowczak

After one full year of fundraisers and successfully meeting the monetary goal to provide a chemical free post-graduation party for the 2017 graduates of Windham High School, the 2017 Project Graduation Committee is excited to share the events of the celebration.

Approximately 119 students joined in on the fun as the evening began with a light dinner Sunday evening after graduation on June 11. Leaving the Windham High School campus at 6 p.m., the students were bused to their first stop of the evening, Blitz Air Park in Portsmouth, NH. 

After bouncing around on wall-to-wall trampolines in the indoor park for two hours, the students set
off yet again, at 9 p.m. toward Boston. Arriving at 11 p.m., they were met by the Spirit of Boston Scenic Cruise boat and sailed around the Boston Harbor from midnight to 3 a.m.

Since the boat was available only to the graduates, and offered an open buffet of various foods, the students were free to enjoy a number of activities all to themselves. The graduates were able to choose from activities such as air brush tattoos, karaoke, photo booths, dancing, shuffle boarding and ping-pong, to name just a few. If a break is what they needed, they could also view the beauty of twinkling lights along the Boston coastline as it cruised around the harbor.  

Returning to Windham at approximately 5:15 a.m., the last leg of the journey took them to Applebee’s where a breakfast was enjoyed by all. After breakfast, each student was presented with gift certificates from Good Life Market in Raymond and Dunkin Donuts in Windham.

Returning to the WHS campus, all students left for home at 6:45 a.m. to begin a whole new and exciting life. Sleep was most likely first on their list.

“Everyone was well behaved and we all enjoyed ourselves very much,” stated Linda Berry, one of the parent members of the 2017 Project Grad. “As a result, we’d like to take a moment to thank the community for their support. Without it, the students would not have had a safe first night after-graduation party.”
The 2018 Project Grad has begun their fundraising efforts to provide next year’s students the same
opportunity of an alternative, safe and chemical free graduation celebration. The next fundraising event for the 2018 students will be at Seacoast Adventure on Sunday, June 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. A portion of all mini-golf and go-kart ticket sales will go to 2018 Project Grad.

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