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Celebrating graduations: LIFE of the PARTY

I am a member of the Post Falls High School Senior Parents’ Committee. For those of you who don’t know, senior parents’ committees exist all over the United States. Their purpose is to raise significant funds to throw a great party for the graduates of the senior class. Most committees in Kootenai County rent Triple Play where the chaperones run the party from just after the kids cap and gown ceremony until breakfast the next day. The event includes things like gift bags for every senior, food and drink, games galore and many large prizes that some will win. While these parties usually cost the kids a small admission to help with expenses, most committees have scholarships so that no young person is ever left out because of an inability to pay.

I have been asked more than once, “Why such an incredibly expensive event? Couldn’t something fun be done for much less?” The answer of course is “Yes, it could.” But doing it on the cheap would completely miss the mark. While the party certainly celebrates a great, life accomplishment by the kids, that’s not its biggest goal. What we’re really doing is throwing a party to save lives. A party so compelling in its “funness” that every kid would choose it over anything else. And let’s face it, drugs, alcohol, and a variety of other high risk choices are available to any and all kids that believe that that is a great way to celebrate. We can’t prove it, but we believe these parties have saved countless young lives over the years — worth every penny.

Having said that, our committee would like to thank Post Falls and the wider business community of the Inland Northwest for all their support. From pie sales last fall to our most recent auction hosted by the American Legion, your generosity has been overwhelming and we look forward to throwing our kids a fun filled and safe all-night-party that they’ll live to remember for many years to come.

JOHN KEATING,

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