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.