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The Dansville Online
  • Organizers get ready for Grad Bash

  • The annual Grad Bash is coming up June 24, and organizers are getting ready to make it happen.


    But the 21st annual event needs your help, co-chair Don McMillan said.

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  • The annual Grad Bash is coming up June 24, and organizers are getting ready to make it happen.
    But the 21st annual event needs your help, co-chair Don McMillan said.
    As of June 1, there were about 40 volunteers committed to helping out.
    The organization is not affiliated with the school district, McMillan noted. It is a parent-led party through Wayland-Cohocton People Aware of Chemical Excess, which lasts into the wee hours of the morning.
    Grad Bash is a safe, friendly way for the seniors to celebrate the end of their high school career, based on the principles of Project Graduation and Western New York Communities Against Drug Abuse.  
    “We’re trying to keep our seniors safe at an historical time when it’s not safe for them,”?McMillan said.
    Grad Bash begins with a trip to the Rochester -based amusement park SeaBreeze, and then students are bused back to the high school – making it back here around 11 p.m. for an all-night, chaperoned indoor party.
    Students are then locked into the grounds.
    “The whole idea is that it keeps them up, it keeps them as a group...it keeps them off the streets, from behind the wheels,” McMillan said.
    In the morning, seniors are signed out and picked up by their parents.
    In the past, Grad Bash has gone on until about 5 a.m., but McMillan said this year, it will be pushed back until about 3 a.m.
    McMillan said he sincerely hopes the late-night party won’t inconvenience neighbors, and apologizes if it does.
    Seven halls of the school will be decorated this year, and in keeping with tradition, will be done in a secret theme.
    As to what volunteer help is needed, McMillan said clean-up, chaperoning, security and set-up is desired. A truck or two to help haul decorations from storage will also be appreciated.
    As far as how much volunteers are asked to work, “We can be very creative with that,” McMillan said. “If somebody  can give us an hour, we’ll take an hour because we need all the help we can get.”
    Decorating will begin Wednesday and Thursday around 1 p.m., and around noon Friday.
    Decorations will begin to come down soon after Grad Bash is over; with some outside decorations coming down soon after the seniors have been locked in.
    Among the events, students will enjoy home-made and professional games; plus a professional DJ and a movie.
    McMillan said that the community comes together to make this event possible, as well as the  school and staff.
    Page 2 of 2 - “It’s amazing what this community does for the kids,” McMillan said about its support.
    A walkthrough of the Grad Bash area will be available to the public from 7 to 8 p.m.
    To volunteer, or for other questions, McMillan can be reached at 728-5077, or e-mailed through kdstjnsplc@aol.com. Co-organizer Cecelia Hopkins can be reached at 455-0859, or through e-mail at chopkins@wccsk12.org.

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