Project Graduation

Project Graduation is an all night alcohol, drug and tobacco free celebration given shortly after Graduation. Did you know that, statistically, graduation night is one of the riskiest nights in a teenager’s life? This is why Project Graduation has become a tradition at our high school; to be sure our kids are safe! Project Graduation is run completely by parent volunteers. It is our job to raise the funds each year so that Project Graduation is a “gift” to our students!

Contact Info:

Catalina Kirsch -  603/662-4811

Melissa LaRoche – 603/662-5841


Project Graduation 2017 Parent Letter Click HERE

Planning calendar document

Student Sign Up Form

Project Graduation Start Time Survey


Meetings take place in room A157 at 6pm on the following dates:

March 13

March 29

Aprill 11

Student input is welcome at the beginning of each meeting.


February Greetings from Project Graduation 2017,

Spring is around the corner and graduation is 16 weeks away! Project Graduation has raised half of our goal of $30,000.00 and your help is needed to get us the rest of the way! Our secret venue committee is putting together a line-up of unique and memorable activities for our graduates, so they won’t want to miss this event! If your senior hasn’t signed up yet, send in a registration form and fee today. Scholarships are available. Forms are available at the school office or website.

Please mark your calendars and join us at an upcoming fundraiser!
This Thursday, March 2nd, 4-10pm at the Shannon Door Restaurant in Jackson;

Thu., March 16th, 4-8pm at Flatbread Pizza in North Conway;

Sat., April 8th Cake Auction to be announced (save the date. Culinary Student bakers wanted);

Wed., April 12th, 11:30-8:30, at Yankee Smokehouse, West Ossipee

Thu., May 11th will be a Golf Tournament at North Conway Country Club; the first golf of the season!

Auction donations such as gift baskets and gift cards are needed now. Also, student and parent volunteer help is needed for all these upcoming events. See our webpage at or our Facebook page, @khsmwv2017 for details. Thank you for supporting Project Graduation, a safe and sober, fun and memorable night for our graduating Class of 2017 planned for June 17th.


A message from Project Graduation 2017 at Kennett High School:

Attention families of Kennett Seniors graduating in 2017. This year’s Project Graduation Committee is planning a fun, safe, sober all night celebration for our graduates to enjoy on their graduation night in June, 2017. There are many ways you can get involved. The committee aims to raise approximately $30,000 to make this evening happen and your help is needed. This is a community funded event.

Here are some immediate ways to help.:

1. Student registrations are being collected now. Forms came home with seniors. Please send in your completed registration form and fee of $40. For scholarship, contact your guidance counselor.

2. Raffle items are needed immediately to support fundraisers happening in October and November. Please send items into the Kennett High school office attention to Project Graduation.

3. Our Poinsettia Fundraiser is on and orders are due Friday Oct 21. All seniors are asked to sell 4 items.

4. On Nov 7, dine at Joe’s Spaghetti Shed in Glen to benefit Project Graduation. Other November fundraisers include Black Friday at Settler’s Green Outlets and a Thanksgiving 5K at Purity Spring Resort. Help is needed with all events.

5. We are surveying parents to determine a start time for Project Graduation of 3pm, 5pm or 6pm. Please complete the survey or send a message to Project Graduation.

6. Volunteers are needed all school year for various fundraisers, bake sales, and planning meetings. The next committee meetings will be Oct 27, Nov 16, Dec 1, and Dec 14. Student input is welcome at all meetings.

For more information, see the Project Graduation webpage in the parents’ section of the Kennett High School website, / or find us on Facebook at


Meeting Minutes:

Dec. 12

Oct. 27

Oct. 12

Sept. 20

Sept. 8:  Click HERE

August 18: click HERE

July 28: click HERE. (Please review attached Minutes from our July meeting and come prepared to update the committee if you volunteered for a task at the last meeting)



Jan. 17

Dec. 14

Nov. 21

Oct. 27

Oct. 12

Sept. 20: click HERE

September 8: click HERE

Aug. 18:  click HERE



Project background description, click HERE



Project Graduation emerged in the Oxford Hills area (Paris/Norway) of Maine, in 1980, the result of community energies empowered through a state initiative. It has long since been recognized as a prototype for the nation, helping to protect the lives of graduating seniors in all states.

Beginning in 1978, an Alcohol, Other Drugs and Highway Safety Prevention/Intervention Program was initiated by
the Division of Alcohol and Drug Education Services, within Maine 's Department of Education, designed in cooperation with the Bureau of Safety. The thrust of program was to help schools and communities locally address problems associated with alcohol and other drugs.

Oxford Hills and five other communities sent teams of school and community leaders through intensive training sponsored by the division. After an 11-day, live-in program of initial training and then follow-up instruction, these teams were prepared to implement an action plan to develop comprehensive alcohol and other drug prevention and education programs in their home communities.

One of these teams, the Drug and Alcohol Team of Oxford Hills (DATOH), aimed to prevent recurring tragedies as Oxford Hills had experienced the previous year (1979), when seven alcohol and other drug related teen deaths occurred during the commencement season. Led by DATOH, area schools and communities provided the Class of 1980 at Oxford Hills High School with information about the risks of drinking, drugging and driving. The seniors were offered an alternative to the "traditional" graduation-night drinking event that drew hundreds of people to the local fair grounds. They called this chemical-free party "Project Graduation." The entire process, a huge success, was covered by the news media and was adopted as a major program initiative of the Division of Alcohol and Drug Education Services.

Through the work of the division and Maine 's communications media, other schools and communities became involved in Project Graduation the following year. In 1981 there were 12 Project Graduation sites, and the following year, 36 sites with a consistent decline in alcohol-related teen highway deaths. This decline reached zero fatalities in 1983 when there were 86 sites involved. In 1986, there were 139 sites, or 98 percent, of Maine 's high schools. Project Graduation activities were attended by 80 percent of the Class of 1986. In 1987, 139 schools, or 94% participated in Project Graduation with 80% of the seniors attending.

In 1990, there were no youth fatalities attributed to drinking, drugging, and driving in Maine during the May 15-June 20 commencement season. It was the third consecutive year there were no Maine youth highway fatalities during this critical period. Recognition of Project Graduation's impact continued. More than 40 states had Project Graduation contact persons.

The primary aims of Project Graduation activities are to increase awareness of the dangers of drinking, drugging and driving and to reduce the number of youth involved in alcohol and other drug-related highway crashes. Across the country, Project Graduation and the chemical-free celebrations it inspired are the new tradition for graduating seniors. In Perspectives in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Project Graduation- Maine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention observed that "Project Graduation has become much more than an event that occurs on graduation night. It is a communitywide planning process that strives to create a caring, supportive environment and more open communication between youths and adults."