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Project Graduation in planning stage

Published 10:35am Monday, November 9, 2009

Niles Daily Star

Seniors at Niles High School are probably still counting their lasts …last concert competitions, last football seasons, last Christmas break.

So it might be a little early for graduation to be on their minds.

Lucky for them – there are parents and friends of the class of 2010 who are already anticipating their biggest “last,” the last big event.

Fundraising and planning has already begun for the school’s annual Project Graduation.

“Project Graduation is a celebration for the senior class, where they can go and have a great time,” said principal James Knoll in a previous interview about the event.

He added that the event, a super-secret schedule of events for graduating seniors to participate in directly following their commencement, serves as an opportunity for graduating seniors to spend one more night together.

According to a letter distributed by the committee that organizes the event, the cost for Project Graduation per student is an estimated $100.

This year’s overall goal is to raise $30,000 for the class of approximately 220 students.

Fundraising takes place throughout the year.

What awaits students this year will stay top secret until they board buses that night following their last official moments as Niles High School seniors – and the event lasts all night.

Parents who help in organizing meet once a month and work on putting Project Graduation together all year long.

Last year the cost to attend was just $25 per student and gifts and prizes are presented throughout the event.

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