Festival of Trees, auction to support Project Graduation

Nov 06, 2018

Belfast — A Festival of Trees and Silent Auction will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St. Proceeds will benefit Belfast Area High School's Project Graduation.

The auction will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For the past two years, parents have hosted this event to support chemical-free graduation celebrations.

The name “Project Graduation” was coined 20 years ago by planners in Maine, where a total of 18 people had died during two graduation seasons in alcohol-related crashes. Maine’s first Project Graduation was such a success that high schools throughout the state adopted similar programs, and “Project Graduation” became a generic name for the chemical-free graduation parties that have launched a new tradition — celebrating safely.

All school-related functions are supposed to be chemical-free, but what makes Project Graduation different is the attitude of the students. They have made a conscious decision to enjoy their graduation night without alcohol or drugs. And no other group, including parents and school personnel, can make that decision for students.

Project Graduation night relies solely on parental fundraising efforts. The Auction and Festival of Trees historically has been BAHS parents' largest fundraising event. Individuals and businesses donate decorated trees and/or auction items. All items on and around the trees — and the trees themselves — are part of the donation to be auctioned.

Tax-deductible donations can be mailed to Angela Blood, Project Graduation class of 2019, 81 Jesse Robbins Road, Belfast, ME 04915. For more information, call 338-9866. The group's EIN number is 47-3111913.

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