Project graduation fundraising stalls

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Organizers ask school board to help.

By Calen McKinney

Efforts to raise money for Campbellsville High School's project graduation celebration haven't been as fruitful as in the past.

As such, at Monday night's regular Campbellsville School Board meeting, parents who are helping plan the celebration asked the Board to donate to the effort.

Becky Cassell, who is the mother of CHS senior, is involved with planning the celebration. She said a large group of students left the Campbellsville school system four years ago. But many have stayed in the system and are now ready to graduate, and the group of parents wants to give them a nice celebration. She said the group has been saving money for the project graduation celebration since the class's eighth-grade party.

But despite fundraising efforts that have included events at McDonald's, Gatti's Pizza and Chik-fil-A, a road block, selling items at Market Off Main and hosting a Bunny Run 5K run and walk, $5,200 has been raised. In past years, Cassell said, about $10,000 has been raised.

She said students have come to enjoy a hypnotist performing at the party. But this year, the group doesn't have enough money to hire him.

Cassell said the group has sent letters to local businesses asking for money. Those involved are still trying to raise more funds.

"It's just nobody's giving as much as they have in the past," she said.

Campbellsville Superintendent Mike Deaton said he is hesitant to recommend that the Board support the celebration, because he believes it might spark other groups to make similar requests.

Instead, he said, he recommends the Board donate a computer or tablet, valued at between $600 and $800, to be given away as a prize during the celebration. Deaton said donating the item would mean the group would have one less prize to buy to give to students.

Board members voted unanimously to donate a computer or tablet, with Deaton to decide which.

CHS project graduation is set to begin at 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at the school's gymnasium. It is open exclusively to CHS students who graduated earlier that day. To donate to the celebration, call CHS at (270) 465-8774.

Read more about action taken during Monday's meeting in an upcoming issue.