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.
By Melissa Anderson
The after grad party is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 and will go until 2 a.m.
For Lorraine Gage, the long-time coordinator for the LAHS Grad Party, the countdown is also on for her final grad party as she will be stepping down from the role after this year.
“This is my last event after over 13 years,” Gage said.
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.
You must be over 18 years old, be drug and alcohol free, and most importantly, a fun individual willing to help.
“The more volunteers available, the better and smoother the night goes,” Gage stated.
Donations for the event are also needed for the end of the evening gifts or money to purchase items for the end of evening gifts.
“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.
This year, the event will have Bazooka Ball, G Force and Crash Course Figure 8, which is a blow-up obstacle course. Not to mention the laugh out loud fun that happens when a hypnotist is in the room. For those looking for a little less action, the party will also have Gage’s personally made games as in years in the past.
“There will be free food, free laughs and tons of fun,” Gage said.
The party is not limited to just LAHS students. 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 a safe and fun place for kids to enjoy may not be possible.
“If we are unable to get volunteers, donations, and most importantly, a new organizer or organizing committee, 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 and 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.
Gage has done the coordination by herself for many years, and while she concedes it is a lot for one person that requires a lot of work and extensive planning, it is doable. A committee, however, could best handle the duties. Gage explained that she often begins planning the next years grad party shortly after the current one ended.
The things that Gage took care of included finding and booking games and entertainment, food, volunteers to chaperone and assist at the event, breathalyzer, donations, fund raisers, gifts/prizes, decoration, security, set-up, tear down, clean-up, and putting reusable items in storage for next year.
“I hope someone comes forward to coordinate this important event,” Gage said, “and thank you to everyone that has helped me the night of the event!”
Gage is willing to guide anyone interested in taking on the position. If you are interested in coordinating the grad party, please don’t hesitate to call 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, the treasurer of the event, at the Cavalier County Republican, 618 3rd St. Langdon, ND 58249.