2012 WL Dry Grad work bees resume

Happy New Year from the Williams Lake Dry Grad Committee.

Happy New Year from the Williams Lake Dry Grad Committee.

Dry Grad is a drug-free and alcohol-free event conceived to keep the students of Williams Lake safe on their graduation night.

This year’s Dry Grad event will be held on Saturday, June 9.

Graduation ceremonies and Dry Grad events take place in the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Activities include: grad parade, prom night/dancing, various games and activities; entertainment; great food, and much, much more. There will be more information available to students and parents closer to graduation day.

It takes a very large amount of volunteers to successfully run this endeavor. At this time, the Dry Grad Committee has all necessary members, and has been busy doing the “behind the scenes planning.”

Now that it is the new year, things will become busier and more volunteers will be needed. Several people have already signed up to volunteer; however, there are still numerous positions to be filled.

These positions include: fundraising, donations, activities, security, baggage; decorations, food, clean-up and take down, and parade.

Each year there is a distinct possibility of having to cancel the Dry Grad celebration if there are not enough volunteers to put it on.

There will be an extremely important “volunteer-recruitment” meeting held on Wednesday Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at TRU.

This is an open meeting for students and parents, any person willing to volunteer their time for the upcoming Dry Grad. Please note, the parents of Grade 12 students in Columneetza Secondary School and Williams Lake Secondary School received a mail out with wrong information regarding the meeting date. If you are unable to make this important meeting, but would like to volunteer your time please send an e-mail to orlena.mccoll@gmail.com with your name and the position you would like to volunteer for. You can also leave a message at 250-392-7121.

Fundraising and decorating are currently in desperate need of volunteers. Fundraising has finished two campaigns, Purdy’s Chocolates and DeVry Poinsettias. There are two ongoing fundraisers: Save-on-More gift cards and PartyLite candles. People can purchase the Save-on-More gift cards at face value and use the cards to purchase groceries and Dry Grad gets a percentage of the sales.

There is a possibility to make 35 per cent of sale with the PartyLite fundraiser.

Order forms are available at each school office. Students are encouraged to pick up order forms.

There are several other opportunities for fundraising, but volunteers are needed. Please contact Cary Christensen at 250-398-8802 or e-mail caryrc1@hotmail.com. Also, you are able to donate empty beverage containers to the Dry Grad account at Amanda Enterprises, and you can donate your Save-on-More points to Dry Grad, right at the cash register. Dry Grad received close to $1,000 in bottle donations last year.

The grad theme is “Stars and Constellations,” which was voted on by the students.  Every year the theme changes and it is a huge undertaking to plan and draw up a schematic, construct the decorations, and then decorate the arena.

Many more volunteers are needed! Decorating work bees are held every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the former Gladie’s Fashions location (beside Bank of Montreal) in the Hodgson Place Mall.

The work bees began again on Jan. 4.  For more information, contact Sylvie Geier at 250-392-2619 or e-mail sjgeier@telus.net. Everyone is welcome.

The Dry Grad committee now has a website. Please bookmark this site: www.wldrygrad.ca. Information will be posted in a timely manner. Thank you to Jamie and Colby at O-Netrix for setting up the site for us.

Dry Grad welcomes all volunteers — parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, neighbours, community members, and business members.

There are many different positions waiting for you to fill.

Let’s make Dry Grad 2012 the best one, yet.