No doubt about it - putting together a big, well-organized party
requires a great deal of time and effort from many people. Past planners
have reported that it's essential to gain the support of the other
students, parents, school personnel, police, and the community to
make Project Graduation the best party possible. Regardless of who
has taken the lead in organizing Project Graduation - students, parents,
teachers, or other school personnel - many people are going to have
to be "sold" on the idea.
Generating Interest From Other Students
A good place to introduce the concept of Project Graduation to the
rest of the seniors is at a class-wide meeting during school hours.
And, while it is important that the students understand the rules
prohibiting alcohol or other drug consumption before and during the
party, the main emphasis should be on how spectacular the graduation
celebration will be. Project Graduation may sound even more attractive
to your classmates if it is described by the senior class officers,
who, hopefully, will have been active in the planning process from
the very beginning.
It's important to let the other seniors know that letters will be
sent to all parents explaining the party's rules and asking for their
help so that student swill feel that the organizers are being "up
front" in all aspects of the planning process. The students need to
understand that, while Project Graduation Lisa party for and by seniors,
it can be bigger and better with help from parent sand other adults.
Also, adult volunteers will be crucial on the night of the party to
act as food servers, chaperones, etc., so that student planners maybe
free to enjoy the festivities with the rest of the class.
As plans for Project Graduation progress and specific details become
known,keep the other seniors informed - either with written notices
or public address announcements at school. It is crucial that all
the students feel like Project Graduation is their party.
Generating Interest from School Personnel
Involvement of school personnel is critical to the success of your
Project Graduation. It is wise to involve the principal early in the
planning process and ask him/her about best ways to obtain school
faculty and staff support.Ask for time on the faculty meeting agenda
to present information on the reasons for, the benefits of, and the
current status of Project Graduation.Ask for their help. Perhaps some
would be willing to be advisors or members of the committees needed,
or serve as chaperones at the event. They may also help by promoting
the party through articles in the school newspaper,announcements over
the school's public address system, posters, ticket sales, and letter-writing.
Generating Interest from Parents
Parent support is also necessary for the success of Project Graduation.
Since some parents may plan family parties on graduation day or night,
the more notice they have of the need to schedule carefully, the better.
Experience has shown that the easiest way to contact parents is by
direct mail. The initial letter to parents should be co-signed by
the Project Graduation Chair(s) and the school Principal. It should
outline some of the reasons and rules for Project Graduation, and
should stress the positive aspects of the party. It might include
three forms for parents to return to the school - (a) a consent form
that will allow the student to participate, (b) volunteer form which
identifies the general area in which the parent would like to help,
and (c) a donation form indicating what the contribution will before
those who wish to donate. Samples are found at the back of this booklet.page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25