One of the hallmarks of graduating in Langdon is the After Grad Party, a safe event for kids to celebrate the end of the school year or their high school career.
By Melissa Anderson
Lorraine Gage, the long time coordinator, has stepped down from the duties of organizer for the event after over 13 years of putting in every effort to make the event go off without a hitch.
To keep the party going, a community member or members will need to volunteer their time and effort. This person(s) does not need to be from Langdon; it can be anyone from Cavalier County.
The event, which is a safe, drug- and alcohol-free night filled with fun things for the students to enjoy, may be cancelled if a new organizer is not found soon enough.
As an organizer, the duties would include: finding entertainment, volunteers, food, and games.
Lori Peterson, treasurer for the event, said, “The operational aspects of the event including letters and collection of donations is already established. So the biggest thing that this event needs is a fun individual who wants to ensure the kids have a fun evening.”
Volunteers and chaperones are needed to ensure a safe night for all the students attending. 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.
Donations for the event are also needed as well as items for the end of the evening gifts and money to purchase items for the end of evening gifts.
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.
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.
“We need to find a coordinator as soon as possible to get entertainment, games, volunteers, and food lined up for this party as May is just around the corner,” Peterson stated.
The things that Gage took care of included finding and booking games and entertainment, food, volunteers to chaperon and assist at the event, breathalyzer, donations, fundraisers, 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.”
If you don’t want to see this long standing tradition of high school graduation disappear, please consider volunteering for this event so our kids have a safe place to party after graduation. For more information on the event requirements and duties of this position, please contact Lori Peterson at 701-256-5311.