Viera High graduates plan to be among seniors throughout the country celebrating Project Graduation 2021.
The aim of the post-graduation event is to provide an alcohol-free, drug-free celebration for high school graduates. The program started about 40 years ago in Maine after several teenagers from the region were killed in alcohol-related car accidents.
At present, Viera High seniors are projected to attend an in-person graduation May 28 at the school stadium, according to Tish Calvert, the vice president of the 2021 Project Graduation Committee.
“Viera Class of 2021 couldn’t have a homecoming,” Calvert said. “Clubs and gatherings have been minimalized.”
“With COVID, things are still up in the air,” Calvert said regarding the possible venues where the party may take place. “We’re still trying to overcome a few obstacles. We hope to have it the night of graduation, but it could be the weekend afterward, depending upon the circumstances and what rules and regulations are as far as group gatherings.”
The party is a lock-in, all-night event where graduating seniors can celebrate with their classmates. Students generally arrive at 9 p.m., and the celebrating continues until 3 or 4 a.m., according to Calvert.
“Usually, there is entertainment, food, games, activities and tons of prizes,” Calvert said. “The prizes are geared for what students need for college or their dorms.”
Prizes may include coffee makers, pillows, mini-refrigerators, microwaves, televisions, iPods, computers and gift cards.
Fundraisers throughout the school year are helping defray the post-graduation party costs.
The next fundraiser will take place Feb. 9 at Pizza Gallery & Grill at The Avenue Viera. Ten percent of dining proceeds will go toward the Viera High School Project Graduation 2021.
The committee is still looking for sponsors. “Business sponsors are a big part of it,” Calvert said.
For more information or to become a sponsor, go to vierahighprojectgraduation.com or VHSprojectgraduation2021 on Facebook.