BCHS Project Graduation moves forward
School has not even started, but that hasn’t stopped the Bridge City High School 2014 Project Graduation members from preparing for the future for upcoming seniors.
According to Hilton Bacon, president of the 2014 project graduation, the purpose is to raise money throughout the year is to give the graduating class the opportunity to go out with a “bang” by giving them a party and keeping them safe and off the streets on graduation night.
Every hour worked at the various scheduled events allows parents and students to earn points. The points will be used at the party to purchase items such as iPods, computers and more.
The volunteers have already raised about $6,000 in the month of June. However, Bacon has a goal of raising $80,000 by the time of the party. He expects the party to cost about $15,000 after the food and entertainment is factored in for the all night event.
“That way every graduate gets a gift at the party,” Bacon added. “We just want them to go out with a bang.”
But, he also has a goal of raising enough money to purchase a new vehicle and all who attend the party have a chance to win it.
Volunteers have spent their summer working at places such as Ford Park in the concession stands during events including the circus and various concerts. An average of up to 18 people work the booth in shifts. Ten percent of the sales are given back to the school.
During the fourth of July holidays, volunteers worked in a fireworks stand too. In the near future, volunteers will be working at the Beaumont Civic Center waiting on tables to earn their points.
Other activities will include donkey basketball, dances, link sales and more. Volunteers will also work at upcoming events at Ford Park. In addition, following the football games on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, volunteers will pick up the trash.
All Bridge City High School incoming seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting at 6 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the BCHS library.
Bacon has participated in various events in the community to help area children. He has coached for various teams and he said he has seen many of them grow up in the area.
“I love being able to help these kids,” Bacon said. “I don’t want anybody to be left out.