‘Chem-free’ grad ready to roll

Thanks to parents and student organizers, there’s a safe alternative to celebrating high school graduation when the “chem-free” grad party goes Wednesday night at the Memorial Sports Centre.
Slated to run from 10 p.m.-4 a.m., about 120 students are expected to fill the “52 Canadians Arena,” co-organizer Diane Noonan said Tuesday morning, adding students still can register by contacting her at 274-7682 before the event.
Cost is $10.
She noted the student response has been positive so far.
“We’ve invited the Class of 2001 and we expect most of the graduates to be there,” Noonan said. “But we also invited those who aren’t graduating–some of them have spent the last 12 years together and we don’t want to turn anyone away.”
Entertainment will include music and a dance area, “Name That Tune,” several large-screen TVs with Nintendos and Playstations, mock gambling with which players can “buy” prizes, and five inflatable interactive games like sumo wrestling and the bungee run.
Once again, prizes donated by local businesses are part of the fun, including a DVD player, stereo, digital camera, gold chain, and a colour printer as well as gift certificates and gift baskets.
Prizes not available through the mock gambling will be drawn between 3-4 a.m., and students must be present to win.
Grads going to the party also will get commemorative T-shirts.
Snacks will be available all night long, noted Noonan, adding that while a pancake breakfast had been offered in previous years, that wouldn’t be the case this year as often party-goers would be hungry long before morning.
Measures taken to keep the party “chem-free” include wristbands to identify partygoers and a “no backpack” policy, whereby students will be requested to leave any personal possessions at the door.
“If you leave without a chaperone, you won’t be let back in unless we’ve been notified you have a legitimate reason to leave,” stressed Noonan.
She noted students should arrange for a ride home at 4 a.m.
The “chem-free” grad is made possible through donations from local businesses and individuals, and collection boxes at tills in Safeway which raised about $350 over the past six weeks.
In related news, the FFHS graduation ceremony itself is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. at the arena. Grads are asked to be there around 6:30.