High school graduates from across Lassen County gather at the Elks Lodge for the 2017 Sober Graduation event.

Office of Education seeks Sober Grad donations

The Lassen County Office of Education seeks donations of cash or gift items for its annual Sober Graduation event open to every high school graduate in Lassen County.

According to a statement from Patty Gunderson, Lassen County’s Superintendent of Schools, “As we have every year for the last 36 years, the Lassen County Office of Education will hold a Sober Graduation event for every graduating senior in Lassen County. This year’s event will be slightly different in light of the COVID-19 restrictions; however, our goal remains the same — to provide a fun, safe event to cap off the end of their senior year and provide a gift for every graduating senior!

“The in-person event will occur from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday, June 11, at Lassen High School. In addition, we have a night filled with dancing, games, food, activities, photo booths, and the Gift Give-a-way.

“With so many small businesses forced to close their doors, we hope to receive either monetary donations or items that can be added to a “gift bag” that each senior will receive. The bags will include the Sober Graduation T-shirt with this year’s logo, typically given out at the actual event, along with other items that the students can use or enjoy. We are looking for items to include in the gift bags and monetary donations that can be given as cash prizes to our graduates. Our small Lassen County businesses have been the backbone of this event with their donations, and this year may be a struggle for many of them.

“If you have questions about our event or need additional information, feel free to contact me at 257-2196. Thank you for considering this request and for any donation you are able to make.”