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Plans Progress For Sober Grad
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Now just a month away, Escalon's annual Sober Grad graduation night party for EHS seniors is taking shape. A final planning meeting is set for tonight, Wednesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Pizza Plus.

"We're doing good," said co-organizer Debbie Veenstra of putting the festivities together.

Donations overall are down from last year, she said, but with what organizers were able to hold over from the 2009 event, there will be enough funds to put on another great party for the Class of 2010.

Tickets are now on sale, available at the high school library, at $35 apiece. For those purchasing tickets the night of the event, the cost is $40 at the door.

All seniors are invited to come 'have a beach of a time,' said organizers, with the traditional Sober Grad fare of music, casino games, video games, inflatables, dancing, food and more.

"Everyone goes home a winner," Veenstra added, noting that all those attending will get a gift just for entering the transformed high school gym. The gifts will range in value from $20 to $50, she said, and additional prizes are awarded throughout the evening.

Goal of the Sober Grad party is to give graduating seniors the opportunity to share their final night of high school with their classmates in a safe, sober and fun environment. Attendance has traditionally been high, and Veenstra said they hope to draw a large percentage of this year's graduating class as well.

Donations are still being accepted for the prizes that will be given out, as well as monetary donations. Also, if people would like to purchase a ticket that can be given to a student that otherwise would not be able to afford to attend, they can contact Veenstra at 606-4244. Organizers said they want every student to have the chance to attend, regardless of their financial situation.

"Everything is coming along good," Veenstra said. "But we could really use help decorating the few days before, June 2, 3 and 4 and if anyone wants to work the event, help out that night (Friday, June 4) we would love their help."

Crews move in during the final few days of school to transform the EHS gym into a party atmosphere and the all night party starts at 11 p.m. and goes until 5 a.m.

Invitations have been sent out to all members of the Class of 2010, hoping to encourage a high level of participation.

"It's a really good program, it gives kids a good alternative," noted Escalon High School Principal Joel Johannsen. "It's fun and they keep kids safe ... that's what it's all about."