MHS Project Graduation asks for help from the community

It’s an uncertain time for students in Oklahoma, with classes canceled until at least April 6, but Mustang’s Project Graduation team is still raising funds to put on a post-graduation party for seniors.
There are a lot of ifs for this year’s celebration.
Classes could resume April 6, and graduation could take place as scheduled.
But there’s also a chance that large events, like Mustang’s prom or graduation itself, could be canceled altogether.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” said Project Graduation treasurer Debbie Leister.
Worst-case scenario, Leister said, the group has discussed possibly hosting an event for the class of 2020 over the summer, at a different location.
“We would love to figure out a Plan B, where sometime over the summer, once everything settles, we could hold an event for seniors,” Leister said. “The Masonic Lodge offered us their parking lot and facility for us to do that, at no cost. That will be something we’ll look into.”
Right now, though, the biggest challenge facing volunteers is donations.
Project Graduation relies heavily on its donors to provide not only funds for the party, but for prizes given to graduating seniors during the event.
“Part of our donations come from a master donor list that has known dependable donors,” Leister said. “Other donations come in from parents helping to raise donations from people or businesses they know.”
Several events, scheduled throughout the school year, help parents and volunteers raise money for the party itself. Saturday, the group held a pancake breakfast at Mustang Masonic Lodge 407.
The group also relies on money earned from cleaning up after prom and an annual garage sale.
For more than 25 years, Mustang’s Project Graduation has worked to keep new graduates safe after commencement concludes.
“Our goal is to not lose anyone to drinking, driving, drugs or alcohol,” Leister said. “It takes an army to put it on. It will truly take bringing the community together to make it happen.”
Donations, Leister said, may be mailed to Mustang High School PTO Project Grad-uation, P.O. Box 511, Mustang, OK 73064.
“We want to give these kids the event they deserve,” she said. “They don’t deserve what’s happening to them right now.”
For more information, Leister encouraged visiting the group’s page on Facebook, titled Mustang High School Project Graduation. Messages to that page, she said, would be returned.

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