FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ -- The Second Annual Franklin Food Truck Festival was recently held at Franklin High School in Somerset, where proceeds benefited Project Graduation for the Class of 2019.

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“We raise about $28,000 every year to host an event for the students,” said Nick DiMeglio, President of Franklin High School’s Project Graduation. “You have so much entertainment, so much food,” said Franklin Township Board of Education President, Nancy LaCorte. “It’s a huge party.”

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Project Graduation is a nationwide effort to develop awareness of drug and alcohol use among students, and a tradition that began at Franklin High School in 1994. On graduation night, a free, all-night, drug and alcohol-free celebration is held for graduating seniors.  

“Every year, unfortunately, here in New Jersey and across the country, there are tragedies on Prom Night and there are tragedies on Graduation night,” said Rich Grammar, Franklin Township Chief of Police, “Project Prom and Project Graduation are alternatives to those types of parties to prevent that from happening.”

Along with many food trucks, the event also featured a range of vendors, raffles, activities for children, and live music.

“Project Graduation saves lives,” said William Grippo, Principal of MacAfee Road School. “This is an event where you can really contribute to student safety,” he said. “We’re here about Franklin’s kids.”