How it started…
“The Project Graduation idea came out of tragedy in Oxford Hill, Maine. Seven teenagers died in alcohol and drug related car crashes around graduation season in 1979. School officials and parents responded with an education effort to inform students about the risks of drinking and driving. The Oxford Hill graduating class of 1980 held a drug and alcohol free party that was so successful that the state of Maine jumped on board to spread the idea. In 1983, 86 Project Graduation events were held statewide and no fatalities were reported during graduation season, according to the Office of Substance Abuse, a state agency in Maine.”
Gandera, Ricardo. “Project Graduation parties help keep kids safe.”
Statesman.com. 23 May 2009
Colchester joined the movement in in the early nineties, when Bacon Academy parents and community members joined together to organize fun and safe activities for all graduating seniors. The mission of Bacon Academy Project Graduation is to enhance drug and alcohol-free awareness by providing safe and healthy graduation events for all graduating seniors of Bacon Academy, Colchester, CT.
In 2011, Bacon Academy Project Graduation incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
2016-2017 Bacon Academy Project Graduation Officers
- President: Melanie Hathaway
- Vice President: Krista Kardys
- Secretary: Cathy Johnson
- Treasurer: Allison Daniels
- UConn Chair: Shannon Cuadro
- Communication Chair: Stacy Kelsey
Frequently Asked Questions
What events does Bacon Academy Project Graduation Sponsor?
Our mission is to provide FUN and SAFE activities for ALL graduating seniors, including:
- Graduation Rehearsal Refreshments
- Senior Barbecue
- Commemorative Gifts
- 250 Additional chairs for the Graduation ceremony
- The post-graduation party when the senior class is taken by bus to a surprise location for a night filled with games, entertainment, music, refreshments – all in a safe and secure environment. At the end of the night (the next morning actually) they are transported back to Bacon Academy with memories that will last a lifetime.
How are the events funded?
All of the events Project Graduation has or will conduct are entirely paid for through the fundraising efforts and contributions of Bacon Academy parents, students and community members. No tax dollars have, or ever will be used to fund any Project Graduation events. Fundraisers include:
- Concessions at UCONN football and basketball games (our biggest revenue source) • Parking at 57 Fest • Sleigh Bell Fair • Business and parent donations • Graduation lawn signs • 10% promotion nights at local restaurants and businesses • Much more!
What is Grad Night?
After Graduation the senior class is taken by bus to a surprise location for a night filled with games, entertainment, music, refreshments and more fun than you could imagine, all in a safe and secure environment. At the end of the night (the next morning actually) they are transported back to Bacon Academy with memories that will last a life time.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved by attending a parent meeting or volunteering at a fundraising event. Check out our calendar page for upcoming events. If you aren’t on our email distribution list, email us from the Contact Us page, and you will receive reminders of meetings and upcoming events.