February 13, 2016

Holiday Bazaar to benefit Project Graduation

Danedri Thompson
Members of the Gardner Edgerton High School Project Graduation organization are setting aside graduation caps and donning their Santa hats.
They’ll host a Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 4 to raise money for their cause.
Project Graduation hosts an annual graduation party each year for GEHS seniors. One goal of the organization is to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for graduates to celebrate as a class.
But, the annual celebration is expensive.
Sheri Barber, treasurer of the GEHS’ Project Grad, said the group hopes to raise $20,000 this year.
“We’d like to, but we’ll make do with whatever we get,” Barber said.
They kicked-off fundraising for 2012 graduation as the class of 2011 was accepting their diplomas. Project Grad volunteers sold water during last year’s graduation, but Barber said the water sales raised a little less money than anticipated when the ceremony was moved inside due to weather.
In December, they’ll host a Holiday Bazaar in conjunction with the GEHS Booster Club’s annual Christmas Sale.
Barber said a variety of vendors, including Scentsy, Pampered Chef and Tastefully Chef, will offer their wares during the event. A portion of their proceeds will go to GEHS Project Graduation.
The Holiday Bazaar will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 in the GEHS Commons.
Fundraising will continue long after the lights go out on the Holiday Bazaar. The group is also planning a Parent Prom.
The organization will provide a disc jockey for dancing, food and prizes to adult couples in formal wear.
“It’s supposed to be like real prom,” Barber said.  “There will be a king and queen. There’s going to be a student auction – meaning kids that are willing to do things, maybe like free babysitting. There will be a raffle. DJ. Photographer. Food. Just like a real prom.”
The Parent Prom is set for Jan. 21. Tickets, which are $25 each, will be sold between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at GEHS during the Mr. GEHS competition. Those who can not attend the Mr. GEHS event can send a check with information to Project Graduation; 425 N. Waverly Road; Gardner, KS 66030.
In February, Project Graduation will host its annual chili feed during king and queen of winter sports festivities.

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