Project Grad to exclude BLHS freshmen this yea
Growth is reaching even the most undisturbed corners of the Basehor-Linwood School District. In this case, that's Project Grad.
Project Grad is an alcohol- and-drug-free post-graduation party for all Basehor-Linwood High School students at the Leavenworth Community Center.
But this year and in the future, the party will be pared down a class each year until the party is a senior-only event.
Freshmen will not be invited to this year's party, Project Grad co-chairman Shelia Hogue said.
"The line had to be drawn somewhere," she said. "(Project Grad) started as a way to keep seniors out of the hayfields and from having keg parties.
"Now the classes are just getting too large and it's expensive," she added.
Other area schools, such as Piper, Tonganoxie and Bonner Springs host senior-only Project Grad parties, so excluding other classes doesn't make Basehor-Linwood unusual.
Fund-raisers and donations pay for the party, which on average costs anywhere from $13,000 to $16,000, Hogue said.
More changes are coming to the party as well.
Hogue said casino games will be replaced by an obstacle course, mechanical bull and a dance. Prizes will also be given away during a raffle contest, she added.
Project Grad began in 1986 and was founded by then-Community Education director Beverly Dummler. Since its founding, the party has been organized and coordinated by volunteers.
Hogue said anyone interested in donating or volunteering for the party should contact her at (913) 724-1110.
The next Project Grad meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Basehor-Linwood School District office.