Commemorative brick sales benefit Graduation Celebration

By PATTI SELLS, News-Telegram Feature Writer

may 15,2 008 - As the end of the 2007-2008 school year quickly approaches for students of Sulphur Springs Independent School District, seniors are especially excited as they anticipate their upcoming May 31 commencement exercises and the annual tradition of Graduation Celebration.

Parents, seniors and school sponsors have been busy planning for the event and raising funds for the drug- and alcohol-free lock-in that provides kids a safe environment for the celebration night.

According to Darnell McQueen, head of this year's Graduation Celebration commitee and mother of senior Dusty McQueen, the group hopes to encourage local businesses to purchase $30 brick pavers that will continue a commemorative walkway that honors and celebrates students of SSHS for years to come.

"It's like $30 worth of advertising and it will be there forever," said McQueen. "We always have lots of support from the community for this event, but they are like unsung heroes. The public never knows what contributions are made. This way they can put their business name, whatever they want, and it's there in stone showing their support forever."

The 4x8 inch bricks can be engraved in two lines with up to 16 characters per line.

This particular fund raiser began last year with the class of 2007. Architects for the construction designed the "Cat Walk," located between the entrance of the cafeteria and the fine arts building, in such a way that the project can be continued by future classes. Head sponsors for classes up to 2010 have already indicated they would continue to support the project.

"The sidewalk is in a very visable area," said McQeen, who explained they hope to have the bricks in place by Fall Festival when the area has extremely high traffic. "People can buy them in memory of past students or in honor of students graduating or even upcoming. But we thought it would be really great if we could get businesses to buy them, that way these kids know who in the community is supporting them."

McQeen said the group's goal is to sell 700 bricks this year and all the money raised goes towards Graduation Celebration where seniors are showered with food, fun and gifts of all sorts for all their hard work and accomplishments throughout their school years.

Brick "Cat Walk" forms can be picked up at the high school. For more information call, the high school or contact Dusty McQueen at 903-885-1586.

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