BRANCHBURG, NJ - On the night of graduation, the Branchburg Sports Complex was bustling with 190 overjoyed Governor Livingston seniors for this year's Project Graduation.
"This was a well-behaved, respectful, active group of teens. The staff on hand at the complex repeatedly stated what an amazing group this is," said Project Graduation organizer Jeanie Ruban. "They truly enjoyed the Branchburg facility to its fullest."
This year, Governor Livingston's graduation commencement was brought indoors due to weather concerns. Immediately following the commencement ceremony, students filed into the GL cafeteria for pizza before boarding buses for their all-night event.
They arrived at the Branchburg Sports Complex at 10 p.m. and departed at 3 a.m.
Activities at the Branchburg Sports Complex included a casino, Bingo, Gaga, an inflatable race, climbing structure, laser tag, arcade, photo booth, caricaturists, tarot card readers, volleyball, soccer and concluded with an amazing mentalist show. An abundance of food, beverages and several coffee drinks were on hand the entire night.
Project Graduation is the culminating drug and alcohol-free event of a year long list of activities including a senior breakfast, prom fashion show and senior picnic held on the day of the prom.
Jeanie Ruban was the coordinator of Project Graduation and wishes to thank the GL faculty and staff along with so many amazing parent volunteers who make all of these events possible.
Ruban especially wishes to thank the overnight volunteers who gave of their time to make the event a success: Tom Barton, Heidi Barnum, Gentiana Brahimaj, Michelle Cisneros, Jean Feely, Diane O'Halloran, Kristin Osborn, Michael Osborn, Mary Silva, and Jill Vaidman.
And may it be noted that these overnight chaperones did not have children attending Project Graduation this year. There is a long-standing rule that parents of seniors are not allowed to chaperone the overnight event.
In addition to the above-mentioned chaperones, both the Mountainside and Berkeley Heights Police Departments sent a police officer for the entire night. Detective Corporal Shaun Bendick and Officer Chris Affinito were on hand to provide protection and security while in Branchburg. Mountainside Rescue Squad also sent two of their volunteers: Alex Foley and Colette Pluta-Ehlers to insure student health and safety. The girls were happy to report an incident-free evening!
Project Graduation requests that parents of underclass students get involved and pay it forward. Anyone wishing to volunteer at any of the 2019-2020 events can reach out to Jeanie Ruban at 908-578-0492 or J.Ruban@verizon.net.