Planning for Sober Graduation is underway


According to County Superintendent of Schools, Patricia Gunderson, the Lassen County Office of Education is in the process of planning the 32nd annual Sober Graduation.

Sober Grad will be held on Friday, June 2.

The goal of Sober Grad is to entice students to join their classmates in participating in fun alcohol and drug free activities.

The hope is there will be no accidents, tickets, citations or death on graduation night.

“Please help us keep the tradition of Lassen County Sober Graduation alive for the class of 2017,” said Gunderson.

Gunderson said that last year’s graduation celebration was successful with over 250 seniors attending from high schools throughout Lassen County.

“The success of Sober Graduation hinges upon having tangible rewards available to our students in exchange for their commitment to the event,” said Gunderson.

Various activities will be available during the event such as inflatable, games, dancing, movies and breakfast.

The prizes, which are generously donated, are what draw in the largest number of students.

“With approximately 275 graduating seniors we anticipate a substantial need for donations of merchandise, gift certificates or cash,” said Gunderson. “A gift of any size makes a big difference.”

Gunderson said she understands the current state of the economy has not helped local businesses and organizations but she hopes donations can still be made.

Gunderson said local businesses; banks, stores, individuals and organizations donate gift certificates and prizes such as gift baskets, money, appliances, etc.

“Our goal is to give one gift per senior,” said Gunderson.

Gunderson said as a way of saying thank-you an ad will be run in the Lassen County Times that includes donor names. Names will also be posted on the LCOE website and an appreciation certificate awarded. LCOE also talks about those who provided prizes on the radio, during assemblies and during other presentations.

Those with questions regarding contributions or the event itself, call James Hall at 251-8711.