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PTSO needs help with ‘Graduation Celebration’

Farragut High School’s PTSO will hold its 20th Annual Celebration Graduation event following FHS graduation, Saturday, May 16.

“The mission of Graduation Celebration is to provide students with a safe and fun alternative to celebrate this milestone in their lives without the risk of alcohol and drugs,” said Becky Fraser, this year’s Graduation Celebration chair.

“Statistics indicate that graduation night can be one of the most dangerous of the year for our seniors,” she added.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 61 percent of traffic fatalities that occur around graduation dates are directly attributable to the use of alcohol.

This year’s event will be held at Zuma Fun Center and is for FHS graduating seniors only.

“Graduation Celebration offers seniors a safe place to spend one last evening with friends before they part ways,” Fraser said.

The theme for this year’s event will be “Lost 09 — We Found A Way Out.”

Seniors will enjoy a full night of activities including go-carts, rock climbing, video games, batting cages, karaoke, dancing with music provided by a DJ, bumper boats, putt putt golf, a casino room and blow up games such as obstacle course, jousting, boxing, bungee run and slides and all the food they can eat. Prizes will be given out all night long.

The PTSO needs help from the community in order to host the event.

“We need more than 100 parent volunteers to help make the event successful,” Fraser said.

The event also takes money.

“Ticket sales only cover a portion of the cost. We depend on donations from local businesses and families to cover the cost of this great beneficial event,” Fraser said.

“Donations are tax deductible. Individual or business donating $500 or more will be considered a corporate sponsor and will receive acknowledgement in local newspapers, on the F-H-S Web site, and have their business name printed on the souvenir T-shirt each senior will receive. They may also display signage during the event,” she added.

Fraser said she understands the economy is tight right now, but the PTSO feels this event is necessary to help keep students safe.

“The current economic climate has left a gap between the amount of donations received and what is needed for the event. We understand the present strain on our community but any donations would be greatly appreciated to help us to keep our seniors safe on this night of celebration,” she added.

The event will begin at 11 p.m., Saturday, May 16, and students will be kept at Zuma until 5 a.m. the following morning. Any student who requests to leave after arriving at the event must have parental approval.

Tickets are on sale now at FHS for $30 per student.

For more information on the event or how you can contribute, call Fraser at 865-675-0291, Janie Koonce at 865-966-8599 or Shari Armstrong at 865-924-5919.

Information also can be found on the FHS Web site at


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