WARREN, NJ - The Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education agreed Monday night to contribute $17,500 to Project Graduation, a yearlong series of activities for graduating seniors culminating in a special event on graduation night.
In an effort to increase participation, the final event on June 23 is being moved to Dave & Busters Restaurant and Arcade in West Nyack, N.Y., said Helene Cole, this year's Project Graduation chairperson.
On the night of graduation, Project Graduation will provide busing to and from Dave & Busters. The urgency of confirming the support from the board was due in part to the need to sign a busing contract.
Cole said that the goal of this year's Project Graduation is to increase participation by the Class of 2014 from 50 percent in previous year, to 75 percent or higher. "We are encouraging 100 percent participation as it will be the last time the graduates of 2014 will be together as a class and we want to ensure they have a safe environment in which to celebrate!" says a letter to parents of this year's seniors on the Watchung Hills High School website.
The cost of Project Graduation is close to $60,000, including the day's graduation, School Business Administrator Tim Stys said during the meeting.
The graduation night event will include an all-night food buffet, ice cream buffet, breakfast, a D.J. with a separate room for dancing, Wii Games, arcade and sports games, massages, photo booths, billiard tables, casino room, tarot card readers, inflatable Twister and a phenomenal hypnotist show.
An enormous amount of volunteer time and effort goes into the year long Project Graduation and Superintendant Liz Jewett thanked both Cole and Heather Trumpore, who was also in attendance, for their efforts.