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Seniors Will Be Chemical-Free Graduation Night

Bangor, Maine - The graduating class of Forest Hills High School has decided to celebrate their graduation on June 15 with an all night,chemical-free graduation party to assure that none of the class of 20__will be injured or killed in alcohol-related accidents.

"Nationally, more young people between the ages of 16 and 20 are injured or killed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. in May and June than during any other time of the year," said Ricard Dreyton,principal of Forest Hills. "We want to make sure that all of our senior shave a chance to attend their 10-year reunion."

This will be Forest Hills' first "Project Graduation," the name used across the country for chemical-free graduation parties. It will be held at Fun Time Amusement Park, which will be open to seniors only from6:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. A variety of activities has been planned for the night, including unlimited use of all rides, a dance featuring the band"Lock wood," hot air balloon rides, a trivia contest, and the reading of the class will.

Money, services, or merchandise was donated to Project Graduation by Handley's Temporaries, Amson's Foods, Forest Hills Art Supplies,Speedy's Bicycle Company, Hodges Sporting Goods, Hall Dairy, The Little Happy Shoppe, Mattdon's Hardware, Bracken, Sterm &Associates, Fun Time Amusement Park, Crawford Flowers, Kane Printing, Martin Photography, and Rock Entertainment, Inc.

"The Surgeon General has reported that life expectancy has improved over the past 75 years for every age group, except for the one that includes high school seniors," Dreyton said. Their death rate is higher today than it was 20 years ago because of drunk driving crashes. But,with Project Graduation, we're fighting back.

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