Project Graduation continues a 27-year history for WCHS

Volunteers and donations are needed


An event that is aimed at providing a safe haven for high school graduates who wish to celebrate with friends will continue at White County High School.

According to Danielle Powers, president of Project Graduation 2023, this May 15 event is entirely supported by fundraising activities and donations from businesses and individuals.

“Project Graduation is a drug free/alcohol free safe night of fun and a last hurrah as a senior,” Powers said.

Project Graduation, which is said to have originated in Maine, captured the imaginations of more than Maine seniors. In 1983, the project was one of eight national models selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be presented at a conference held in Washington D.C.

As a result of that conference, many states began to explore the possibility of replicating the project.

The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes.

In the past, Project Graduation has been held at White County High School. However, this year, the event will take place at Tennessee Tech Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center, in Cookeville. Powers said she hopes the change in location will help draw an even larger crowd than in the past. “The Burn,” which is the nickname for the facility, has a 25-yard swimming pool, cardiovascular and weight training equipment, and indoor running track and more.

Money and gift certificates will be distributed, as well as other prizes that will be added in the next few weeks.

If anyone would like to provide a monetary donation, please send a check to: Project Graduation, 267 Allen Dr., Sparta, Tennessee 38583.

Volunteers are also needed for the event. Email

In addition, Powers said she will be glad to pick up any donation. Just send a message to the email address listed above.      


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