Pinelands Regional Moves Date of Graduation and Project Graduation

Both Will Be Held on Monday, June 19
May 17, 2017

The snowstorm in late March has changed the graduation schedule for Pinelands Regional High School. Graduation now will be held on Monday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the PRHS stadium, weather permitting.

The change has also impacted Project Graduation, which is scheduled to run 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on June 19, at the St. Francis Center in Brant Beach.

As Interim Superintendent Maryann Banks explained, “We had to add a day to the calendar. We were too close to our spring recess to change the schedule, so we added a day at the end of the year.”

But then, according to media liaison Allyson Roberts, “the venue for Project Graduation was not available. Other locations, although considered, were cost-prohibitive. Knowing how disappointed students would be, the date for graduation was moved to Monday.”

“PRHS has been holding Project Graduation at the St. Francis Center for a number of years,” said Principal Shaun Banin. “The overall goal is to entertain the students – after graduation – in a positive and healthy environment. Plus, it gives the kids one last celebration as a group before they move on to the next chapter of their lives.”

The district, along with the Pinelands Education Association, sponsors Project Graduation, which has become an annual tradition for graduating seniors. “In addition to good food, provided through the PEA sponsorship, the night features a range of activities, including swimming, volleyball, basketball and other games,” Roberts explained. “Through generous corporation and individual donations, students also have opportunities to earn prizes and enter to win auction items. In past years, students have taken home iPads, mini refrigerators, laptops, microwaves, Playstations, bicycles, kayaks, televisions and much more.”

Math teacher and Project Graduation co-adviser Jennifer Shrader hopes the local community will once again help make Project Graduation a success. “We always call on our staff, parents, local businesses and civic organizations to help us, whether it’s through volunteering or donations,” she noted. “Such contributions help us create a true party atmosphere – a place where students want to be to celebrate their graduation in a safe way.”

“We are truly grateful for any donation of cash and prizes,” added Lee Anne LeCouter, graphics arts teacher and Project Graduation co-adviser. “Donations of gift cards and, frankly, cash, enable us to buy prizes, or to secure entertainment for the kids. One year, through donations, we were able to rent Sumo suits – the kids had a blast.”

Those who would like to make a donation should contact LeCouter at llecouter@prsdnj.org or Shrader at jshrader@prsdnj.org. Donors may also send contributions to the attention of Lee Anne LeCouter and Jennifer Shrader at 565 Nugentown Rd., Little Egg Harbor, N.J. 08087. All checks should be payable to PRHS Project Graduation. —J.K.-H.

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