Project Graduation: And The Winners Are…


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It’s not too early to start thinking about next year’s high school graduation party. The VHS SCA Project Graduation committee has been working hard for the past year to plan a drug- and alcohol-free celebration for the class of 2011. Following the model of the national group Project Graduation, the junior class, like  this year’s senior class and many before it, will enjoy a fun, yet safe, graduation evening. Parties endorsed by Project Graduation have been shown to dramatically reduce car accidents involving teens on graduation night.

All this costs money, of course. The committee relies on donations and proceeds from a Calendar Raffle to fund the event. In order to participate in the graduation night celebration, each junior must sell eight Calendar Raffle tickets for $20 each to family and friends. Or, the student may opt to buy all the tickets for $160 (and, with any luck, win some of it back!) The money and ticket stubs are now due from each family. Parents or students may leave their envelopes, labeled with the student’s name and graduation year, in the box in the VHS office marked “Project Graduation.” It’s not too late to win! There will be a different cash winner every day in April and May. Checks are payable to VHS Project Graduation; cash is also fine. For monetary donations to Project Graduation, contact Holly Denton by e-mail or at (973) 454-6981.

Here are the March winners:

Chris Sapara-Grant, Debra Miller, Carmine Prezioso, the Bartow family, Kate Rosenfeld, Marlene Nigro, the Sheehan Family, Bob and Carol Thomas, Elaine Caracciob, Andrea Maestas, William O’Brien, Liz Cundari, Collins Family, Ann Silber, Patrick Cummings, Dr. Michael Harris, Bruce  Smith, Jaime Carvajal, Ronald Ashley, Elaine Atmeh, Sharon Newkirk, Collins Family, Pat King, Julie and Bill Neale, Laurie Brandt,  Farawell Family, Lariccia Family,  Donna McLaughlin, Claudia Rollo, Lisa Grande, and Bill and Angela Hogan.

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Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan
Julia Martin Langan moved to Verona in 1989. A long-time journalist, she has been on the staff of Money, Sports Illustrated, Bride’s and Redbook magazines. Her articles on health and parenting appear in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and Family Circle. She and her husband Greg have three school-aged children, and are members of Our Lady of the Lake Church. You can reach Julia at [email protected].


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