Roswell High School seniors are participating in Project Celebration, an all-night after graduation party and auction supervised by adults, that benefits college-bound students. According to Edward Quezada, project president, the program seeks to provide a safe environment for teens on graduation night.
â€œThis is an important evening for parents and their kids,â€ Quezada said. â€œThe main focus is to get the kids away from drugs and alcohol, parties, and give them a nice evening that they can enjoy.â€
Students are asking for auction items for the event, such as laptops, recorders and refrigerators, which are hard to come by for some parents in a sagging economy. These items will be auctioned off at the graduation party at the end of the night onâ€ˆMay 20.
The auction will be conducted through a points system that culminates with Project Celebration fundraisers. Students earn points for items and donations sold or brought in. They can use these points to bid on items. Students will also be able to earn points by playing games at the celebration as well.
â€œIt will give kids an opportunity to get a laptop â€” auction-style,â€ Quezada said. â€œThat night, theyâ€™ll be able to earn some points to be able to purchase some of the items,â€ Quezada said.
Quezada said this project would not be possible without the â€œworkâ€ of the parents.
â€œThis is what we want for them,â€ Quezada said. â€œWe want to provide this evening for them. Throughout the year, it has been very important. A large part has been done by parents.â€
Sali Martinez, RHS student body president, and Jenna Reynaga, senior class president, are the student leaders involved in the project.
To make a donation, contact Quezada at 609 W. Church, Roswell, N.M. 88203, 575-317-4709.