Kearny High School’s Project Graduation committee is trying something new for its town-wide fundraiser this year — and let’s just say it will be quite … colorful.
“The Color Run is an untimed event and at various points throughout the course, color runners are doused from head to toe in a different colored powder,” the Project Graduation Committee said. “White shirts are excellent for this event because when you finish, you look like you are wearing tie-dyed shirts. Each is shirt is unique and participation helps raise money for a fun-filled, drug- and alcohol-free night for KHS seniors.”
The committee says every few years, KHS Project Graduation changes the community-wide event to keep interest among the residents.
The run is scheduled to start at the Davis Avenue entrance to West Hudson Park at 9 a.m., April 30. Participants pay $5 for students aged 5-12 and KHS students with ID and $20 per adult.
“The weather should be inviting, spectators are welcome and donations will be accepted,” organizers said. “In addition, tickets for the large 50/50 drawn graduation night will also be available. Non participants may mingle and visit with others who they have not seen in almost two years at a safe, outdoor, socially distanced event to benefit a good cause.”
Project Graduation was formed in 1996 and even during the pandemic, provided gift bags to graduating seniors. Over 26 years, graduates have had fun and parents may relax knowing their children are safe and away from the temptations of drugs and alcohol.
Immediately following the graduation ceremony, there is a pizza party while buses are loaded to go to an undisclosed location where there are various events from make your T-shirts, dancing , a photo booth, swimming, a hypnotist, food and more.
Feeding 400 students for nearly 10 hours takes some doing, too.
Hot and cold buffet, make our own sundaes, breakfast, two pallets of beverages, gift bags, and a T-shirt designed by a graduating senior are provided to the new graduates.
“Please consider helping us help them celebrate,” the committee said.
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