With just about a month to go, members of the Escalon Sober Grad committee are gathering for one final planning meeting before the actual event.
All those interested in helping put on the graduation night party for Escalon High school seniors is encouraged to attend the planning meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at Pizza Plus.
Donations are also still being sought for the event as well as volunteer workers and people to help set up for the festivities.
EHS graduation is Friday, June 6 and the party is hosted in the EHS gym and on the tennis courts Friday night into early Saturday morning, June 7, giving graduates the chance to enjoy their final night of high school with classmates in a fun, safe, sober environment.
Spokesperson Debbie Leal said the committee is always looking for more volunteers, and parents with students at any grade level are encouraged to come help.
“We need gift cards, any amounts, as prizes for the kids,” said Leal. “Also boxer underwear (for Boxer Bingo) and T-shirts.”
All must have appropriate designs and messages, said Leal, while flip flops and baseball caps are also being sought for giveaway items.
Donations can be dropped off to Leal or Tammy Alcantor, while those wanting to help decorate can contact Leal.
“We will be decorating the gym for Sober Grad Wednesday through Friday of the last week of school,” she said.
The schedule for decorating is: Wednesday, June 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday, June 6, 9 a.m. to noon.
“We need volunteers to help that night and you do not need to wait until your child is a senior to volunteer, come check it out now,” Leal said. “It is a fun time and it is great to see the kids have such a wonderful experience and win some great prizes.”
Shifts available are 9:45 p.m. to midnight, midnight to 2 a.m. and 2 a.m. to 4 a.m., when the need is greatest for some people to work security.
The committee also needs help with the ‘tear down’ and clean-up operation starting at 4 a.m.
“The Covenant Church does a lot of the clean-up and the Escalon High boys basketball team has a tournament in the gym that weekend so they will help put everything away,” Leal said.
Volunteers are needed at the bag station, black jack, Henna tattoos, boxer bingo, security, the prize table and at the inflatable games.