ABRHS Project Graduation 2020
Planning for Project Graduation 2020 began last fall in it's traditional way to celebrate our new AB graduates in the form of an all-night party held at the high school on graduation night. Little did we know that the scope of the entire event would change due to a pandemic! In coordination with the school administration, we began to think outside the box and plan other ways to celebrate the seniors who were not able to experience a traditional graduation ceremony or the post graduation celebration. A huge thank you to local businesses and parents for their donations. Without your support, we would not have been able to celebrate our seniors in the following ways:
* The Support-A-Grad program ... Every senior received a gift card and congratulatory note from a community member.
* Gift Bags containing car decorating supplies were given to each senior to ensure that everyone could festively participate in the Rolling Rally.
* The Rolling Rally ... Seniors enjoyed decorating their cars and parading down Rt 111 from the Boxboro Regency to the high school. It was a tremendous display of AB school spirit on an all-important milestone day as the community came out to cheer on the parade!
* Decorations for "Diploma Hill" where Principal Dorry distributed diplomas to the graduates.
* Post Diploma pictures ... After receiving their diplomas, graduates and their families were given the opportunity to have photos taken by local and talented volunteer photographers.
* Banners congratulating the Class of 2020 were hung throughout Acton and Boxboro.
The Project Graduation 2020 efforts were a gigantic collaboration with the ABRHS school administration, PTSO, Acton & Boxboro Police Departments, the Boxboro Regency AND Project Graduation. It's important for the community to know that all those hands were a part of making it happen! We are a very lucky community!
The original Project Graduation was held in Oxford Hills, Maine in 1980, a year after their deadliest commencement season, when 12 teenagers (five in one crash alone) lost their lives to drug and alcohol-related incidents.
In 1989, the parents in Acton and Boxborough Massachusetts held their first Project Graduation celebration at ABRHS to:
Provide a memorable, fun and safe celebration for graduating seniors
Help prevent our community's young adults from becoming accident statistics
Allow parents to rest easy because their children are safely celebrating with peers
Help keep our teens safe
We need $30,000 and lots of volunteers to throw an all-night party with prizes, food and activities for over 450 graduating seniors. Over the years this has been made possible by generous parent donations, business donations, a small ticket fee, and hundreds of volunteer hours.