While the rest of us may not be counting down to the end of school, the seniors at Langdon Area High School (LAHS) most definitely are.
Posted on 4/2/16
By Melissa Anderson
For Lorraine Gage, the coordinator for the LAHS Grad Party, the countdown is filled with apprehension as she is trying to get the event organized for students to enjoy on May 29.
The event, which is a safe, drug and alcohol free night filled with fun things for the students to enjoy, may have to downsize or even be cancelled if enough volunteers are not found.
“Volunteers and chaperones are needed to ensure a safe night for all the students attending,” Gage said.
There are a few requirements for those who are interested in volunteering and chaperoning for the party.
Volunteers and chaperones need to be over 18 years old, be drug and alcohol free but, most importantly, fun individuals willing to help.
“The more volunteers available, the better and smoother the night goes,” Gage stated.
Donations for the event are also needed like items for the end of evening gifts and money to purchase items for the end of evening gifts. Look for sponsorship letters for the event in the mail.
“Donations help pay for the evening of games and supplies,” Gage said.
Gage notes that the community has been generous in the past by providing financial support and volunteering time to the party.
“The event needs around $10,000 in order to have a successful party,” Gage stated.
Games to Go from Fargo will be providing the blow up games for this year’s event. The main games this year are Black-light Dodge Ball, Laser Tag, a 70 foot inflatable volleyball court. Along with Games to Go, the party will also have Gage’s personally made games as in years past.
“There will be free food, free laughs and tons of fun,” Gage said.
The event will also have a hypnotist as entertainment and door prizes which the kids must be present to win. The large senior gifts this year are a TV and surround sound package perfect for their first year at college.
The party is not limited to just LAHS students, however. Students grades 9 through 12 across Cavalier County are welcome to attend. Those who come are allowed to bring one invited friend.
The grad party in recent years has attendance numbers ranging from 150 to 200 kids.
“Many years this has been a huge hit for the kids,” Gage said.
However, without the volunteers and donations that the event depends on, continuing to provide the safe and fun place for kids to enjoy may not be possible.
“If we are unable to get volunteers and donations this party may come to an end, which would be terrible,” Gage said, ”This is a good event the kids look forward to each year.”
For students wanting to attend, the party is held at LAHS with doors opening at 9 p.m. A word of caution to kids wanting to attend, alcohol will not be tolerated. Those entering will have to submit to a breathalyzer test before entering the party.
The entrance will be locked at 10 p.m., and once a student leaves the event, they will not be allowed to return to the party. The event ends at approximately 2 a.m.
“Please feel free to give ideas and suggestions to better this night for the kids. I will be happy to consider your ideas,” Gage said.
For any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Lorraine Gage. If interested in donating gifts or volunteering, please contact Lorraine Gage at 701-370-1154.
If you wish to make a monetary donation, please address to the Graduation Party Committee and send to Lori Peterson, treasurer of the committee, at the Cavalier County Republican, 618 3rd St. Langdon, ND 58249.