Senior Fest seeks funds
A time honored Watauga High School tradition approaches, and it can't happen without community support.
It's Senior Fest, a fun and safe way seniors sum up their high school experience in one last hurrah.
"They get to hang out with their senior class," graduation events coordinator Claire Homeier said.
And this year's class holds the particularly special designation of being the last class to graduate from the current WHS facility.
The party includes the Senior Breakfast and a full day and evening of activities at the high school, including karaoke, bingo, band performances and games. The event aims at providing a safe, drug and alcohol free party for teenagers, with plenty of time for nostalgia and yearbook signing.
"You may remember the event as Project Graduation," Homeier said. "Instead of happening after graduation, it now happens the day before."
It can't happen at all without the support of the community.
"We just sent out the [fundraising] letter, so we have probably around $2,500," Homeier said.
The event is expected to cost between $10,000 and $15,000.
Businesses can also donate items for door prizes.
Students and parents collaborate to plan the celebration, and the whole team is optimistic that the community will step up.
"The economy has provided challenges to our community, but we believe in the value of this event and know you would be delighted with the experience your support allows us to provide," Homeier wrote in the fundraising letter.
To donate, make checks payable to Friends of Watauga - Graduation Events, c/o Watauga High School, 400 High School Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607. Checks need to be in by May 1.
For more information, contact Homeier at (828) 264-2407, ext 249.