Sunday night, May 7, twenty-nine graduating Cabool High School seniors took part in Project Graduation. Senior and junior parents fund raise and plan all school year to make this alcohol-and drug-free all-night activity as a "last hoorah" for the seniors.
First off were the much-anticipated plane rides. Local pilots give of their time and fuel to give these kids a flyover of their homes and their hometown. What a blessing to be a part of a community that will do this for our graduates! Thank you to Jim Perry, Doug Jones, John Morgan, Tony Fuller, and Bob Coats for this exciting adventure!
Next they were shuttled to the middle school for pudding wrestling. What could be more fun than slipping and sliding in a pool of chocolate pudding for a gold dollar or possibly a $20 bill in a small bottle? Being hosed off by the fire department, of course!
After getting showered and changed the kids were next shuttled to Cabool Second Baptist for a meal. Thank you to Brenda Stillwell, Sheila Stillwell and Diane Coats for the wonderful food! After dinner, the graduates decorated their wooden boats with memories and thoughts to be floated down the Piney later in the evening.
More fun was to be had, as next they were shuttled back to the middle school for paint ball and bubble ball. How fun to be able to shoot your friends and sponsors with balls of paint or bounce them across the floor inside a giant ball. All this and it was only midnight!
Next they were shuttled out to the Piney River for a moment of reflection with the lighting of the candles and sending their boats down the river. From there they went to Cabool Bowl for an hour of bowling fun. Thank you to Darrell and Joyce Neher for opening this up for us at 1:00 a.m.!
Then it was time for competition, with the graduates split into three teams for a picture scavenger hunt. Sent off with a set of clues, they were shuttled all around town for group pictures at different local establishments or monuments. The hunt ended up at the high school where we all were entertained by 11 of the students being hypnotized. Graduate parents can check with any of the Project Prom/Graduation sponsors about being able to purchase a video of this laugh-until-you-cry part of the night.
By then it was 4:30 a.m. and they were shuttled to Cabool Christian Church for the last event of the night -- a viewing of their eighth grade video and a senior memory video that was compiled of pictures provided by the parents and graciously put together by Aimee Jarrett.
The Project Prom/Graduation committee would like to thank all the parents who worked to get this put together for these kids and thank all the parents who helped chaperone the all-night event. We also would like to thank all those who have donated money, time and services throughout the year. We are so blessed to live in a giving community that will invest in our students. It takes a village, but we pulled it off successfully, as the smiles on the kids' faces showed.
For the past 17 years, weather permitting, local pilots have provided airplane rides for graduates participating in Project Graduation. This year 29 graduates participated, and for the majority it was their first airplane ride. Shown here, pilot Bob Coats prepared to take Trey Wiggs, right ront seat; Cory Elliott, right rear seat; and Trey's grandmother, Pat Cousins, left rear seat, on a flight. Other pilots volunteering their time and planes were Tony Fuller, Doug Jones, John Morgan and Jim Perry
News Article By: The Cabool Enterprise
By Kristi Stillwell
Project Prom/Graduation Committee