Joplin R-8 'Project Graduation' Needs Funds

(JOPLIN, MO) -- Project Graduation gives Joplin seniors a drug and alcohol-free way to celebrate the night after graduation.

Committee members have yet to raise enough funds for the lock-in party on May 20th.

The committee is half way to their goal of $30,000, but the party is fast approaching and seniors say it's a rite of passage they don't want to miss out on.

"To be a senior and get to go and just experience what everybody else is a realLy fun thing," Joplin R-8 senior Julia Lewis says.

Last year, the May tornado prevented seniors from having the lock-in party.

"A lot of my friends were upset they didn't get to have the last sort of send off of that night and missing out on a key experience of graduation," Lewis says.

Seniors hope the Joplin community will help out to make their special day happen.


Project Graduation depends completely on funds raised by generous donations from local businesses, parents and from the community's support of our fundraising events. Upcoming fundraisers include:

Trivia Night will be held this Saturday evening, February 4th at the Joplin High School mall campus cafeteria from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the public is welcome.  The cost is $10.00 per person and there will be 8 people per team.   Food & soft drinks will be available for purchase.

February 7thCome out and watch the Joplin High School basketball teams face off against the Hillcrest teams from Springfield.  Games are at 4:30, 6:00 & 7:30 at Missouri Southern Young Gymnasium.  Project Graduation will be selling 50/50 tickets during the games.

We also have a Silent Auction that will be held on February 17th during the basketball homecoming games.  Games are at 6:00 & 7:30, again at Missouri Southern Young Gymnasium.  We are very excited about the items we've been receiving for the auction.  We will have items that appeal to men, women & teenagers and bidding prices to fit small up to large wallets!  Come support our JHS basketball teams and Project Graduation.

We are also inviting members of our community to adopt a student for Project Graduation.  We estimate the cost will be approximately $60.00 per student. If you would like to sponsor a student, please make your check payable to JHS Project Graduation and mail to:

JHS Project Graduation

Attn:  Kathy Lewis

101 N. Rangeline Rd., Bldg. D

Joplin, MO  64801

Help us keep our kids and community safe by supporting Joplin High School Project Graduation.

For more information, please contact Debbie Franks at (417) 439-3668.


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