Parents for a Safe Graduation sponsor events

June 2 marks high school commencement; Sunday is baccalaureate service

Posted: Sunday, May 24, 2009

Juneau's high school seniors will go "Back to the Future" at this year's graduation party sponsored by Parents for a Safe Graduation. The party begins at 9:30 p.m. June 2 at Centennial Hall, following the Juneau-Douglas High School graduation ceremony. All 2009 graduates of JDHS, Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and HomeBRIDGE homeschool are invited to attend.

Free shuttle buses will be provided by First Student. Those attending the JDHS graduation ceremony should park at the subport or Centennial Hall. Buses will run from Centennial Hall to JDHS from 5 to 7 p.m. and from JDHS to Centennial Hall from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Parents for a Safe Graduation also is sponsoring the Baccalaureate Service at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the JDHS auditorium. All graduates of JDHS, Yaakoosge and HomeBRIDGE, and their friends and family, are invited to attend this nondenominational community farewell message to graduating seniors of all faiths.

This year's theme is "The Future is Whatever You Make It, So Make It a Good One." The keynote speaker is retiring teacher Bill Chalmers. Families are asked to bring cookies, fruit and finger foods to share at a reception following the ceremony.

Lauri Wilson, chairperson of Parents for a Safe Graduation, thanked the city of Juneau, Alaska Peace Officers Association and Holland America for being especially supportive with financial donations for the graduation party. She also said many local businesses and organizations have donated cash, prizes and food.

"The party is a big undertaking," Wilson said. "Celebrating and honoring our graduates in a fun and safe way takes a lot of parent volunteers and wonderful support of businesses and organizations like we are seeing this year."

Businesses and organizations who would like to make a contribution of cash or a prize should contact Wilson at 209-8816 or

Parents of seniors are also asked to make a $35 contribution by mailing a check to Parents for a Safe Graduation, c/o Sherry Olson, Treasurer, P.O. Box 21008, Juneau, AK 99801.

Each graduate who attends the party will receive a senior gift and has a chance to win prizes in drawings held throughout the evening. There will also be carnival games, bowling, a drive-in movie, contests, dancing, lots of food, and other special surprises. Parent volunteers are asked to help with a variety of tasks before, during and after the party and should contact volunteer coordinator Carol White at 790-2488 or

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