“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”-Matthew 25:21
Twenty-three miles. Three days. No, I did not participate in an official running marathon, but this was all the miles I walked in preparing and producing our high school’s Project Graduation party for the 2018 seniors. Project Graduation started in Maine in 1980 through a state initiative to protect the lives of graduating seniors. Unfortunately, the statistics for accidents and deaths of seniors as a result of partying on graduation night happen way too often. Our community adopted Project Graduation to help keep our seniors safe and offer a night they can live to remember.
Our plan is to entertain over three hundred seniors who graduated at 7PM and arrived at the party facility around 10:30PM. We check them in, store all of their valuables (no money or phones necessary!) and lock the doors. Once inside, they stop momentarily and take it all in. There is a DJ playing tunes, lights, a dance floor, inflatables, money machines, food, drinks, and prizes. All night long they eat, play, win raffle tickets to put in the prize buckets to win refrigerators, TV’s, computers, gift cards, a bike, a kayak, and so much more!
I am the party director and it takes our board of directors all year long to prepare, fundraise, advertise, register, plan, and pull off a fun night for our seniors to remember forever. The blood, sweat, tears, frustration, and excitement is all well worth it to see their faces and celebrate their successes for the night.
In reflecting on the last year of meetings, e-mails, announcements, follow-ups, and negotiations, I realize how I am a small part of this big production. Because of the faithfulness to this cause which is important to parents, teachers, the school board, and businesses in our community, we can provide a safe environment for our children. These same children, who are almost adults, can experience childlike fun safely and grow up and go forth and be the future of our world.
Faithful are the volunteers who give of their money, time, and talents to plan and execute the event.
Faithful are the businesses in our community who support financially with donations of items or discounts for services rendered.
Faithful is the high school which assists with promoting and communicating with the seniors and their parents.
Faithful are the seniors who work hard to complete assignments and tests in order to graduate.
Because of the faithful acts of so many contributors, we are able to protect our seniors from the dangers of wrong choices and bad decisions even if it is only for one night. I hope the seniors realize how much we have faith in them. Congratulations to all of the 2018 seniors!