Graduation Celebration planning in full swing

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Mar. 28, 2007 - Graduation Celebration this year will take on a summer camp theme with the decor and activities designed for "Camp Webegone."

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Wal-Mart representatives hand over a $1,000 donation for the Class of 2007 Graduation Celebration. Pictured left to right are seniors Graham Northcutt, Cole Lancaster, Kendall Smith, Wal-Mart representatives Joyce Davis and Quan Johnson, seniors Bailey Blount, Landon McCaig and Dustin Gideon.

Parents and school sponsors have been busy since January planning for the annual drug-free, alcohol-free party for Sulphur Springs High School seniors following their graduation ceremony on May 25. 

"Graduation Celebration offers a safe environment for the kids to celebrate," said senior sponsor Sandy Daniels. "There's going to be lots of fun, food and fabulous prizes."

The activities will range from mechanical bull riding to getting a massage at the comfort cabin spa and "gator golf.

The celebration will end with prizes donated by individuals and businesses in the community and the surrounding area being distributed to the graduates.

"I am always amazed at the support and generosity that our community gives SSHS," Daniels said.

Prizes donated include gift cards, free coupons, computers, game systems, TVs, DVDs, MP3 players and iPods.

Of course, no bash could go off without the help and support from a number of individuals putting it together and helping host it, as well as generous contributions from numerous businesses and individuals.

Tuesday, Wal-Mart donated $1,000 for graduation celebration. Rubbermaid has donated 275 baskets for the seniors to collect goodies in. Other who have helped sponsor the event by donating monetarily or items included the Southwest Dairy Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, M&F Western, Chicken Express, Bodacious, Fidelity Express and numerous individuals.

Because "taking 250 graduates to summer camp and making sure each graduate receives a gift can be very expensive," more donations would be appreciated. Donations will continue to be accepted through the day of the celebration, but the sooner the items are received, the better event planners will know exactly what they will have to offer each student.

Any business or individual wanting to donate may do so by contacting Sandy Daniels at 903-885-2158, ext. 417.

This year the senior class is undertaking a new kind of fundraiser which is sure to leave a mark on the school. They proposs establishing a commemorative sidewalk that will display brick pavers to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of SSHS Wildcats. 

The sidewalk would be located between the current entrance to the cafeteria and the new fine arts building. The architects for the construction project were consulted and have designed the area in such a way that it will be started by the class of 2007 but can be continued in the future by other classes. In fact, the head sponsors for the classes of 2008-2010 indicated they would all support the project.

The 4x8 inch bricks are being sold for $30 each, and will be engraved with two lines with up to 16 characters per line. The brick pavers are to honor all  SSHS "Wildcats" — not just athletes, but all 'Cats who "strive for excellence." It will be the featured Cat Walk of Life, and hopefully will include mention of athletes, band students, cowboys, ag students, academic students, UIL winners, performers, artists and any other student who strives for excellence.

"Even though this project is a fundraiser, I also see it as a contribution to the high school," Daniels noted. "The sidewalk would be an area that would celebrate the accomplishments of all Wildcats."

To order a commemorative brick paver or for more information, contact Laura Teer or Sandy Danielsat SSHS at 903-885-2158. To get an application by mail, send a letter with check payable to "Class of 2007" to: Sulphur Springs High School, "Cat Walk" Project, 1200 Connally, Sulphur Springs TX 75482.

Also, if any parent of a senior has not yet notified the school but would like to help, they are encouraged to do so by contacting Daniels at the school or by e-mail: sdaniels@ssisd.net. The sponsors will see that the parent volunteer is assigned to and put to work with one of the celebration committees.

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