The most deadly time of the year for our teens happens to be one of the happiest times of their lives as well. It’s no coincidence that during the months of May and June more kids aged 15-19 die each year than any other time of the year, according to the US Dept of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System. “Prom and Graduation are fantastic times for youth to celebrate and enjoy. However, with these fun times come unfortunate tragedies,” says Sandy Spavone, president of the National Organization for Youth Safety.
On May 19, 2013, the Montrose community will be releasing 270 teenagers into the world to find their way and begin their future as adults. Since 1985 the parents of the Montrose High School senior class have hosted a party the evening of their graduation, to give them the opportunity to celebrate this milestone and life changing moment in a fun but also safe and nurturing environment. It will cost about $15,000 to host a party this year, and this year we will need the communities help to make this happen. Throughout the coming months, there will be fundraising events and opportunities for businesses, families and individuals to donate to the 2013 graduation party. In February, March and April, 10 percent of the proceeds from oil-changes at Big O Tires will be donated. Watch the local papers for the dates of other upcoming fundraising events such as a golf tournament, a community tap night hosted by Horsefly Brewery, where $1 from all pints of beer will be donated, and a wine dinner and silent auction hosted by Stone House Restaurant. You can also mail donations to: MHS Senior Party c/o Suzanne Hansen at 3116 Monte Vista Circle in Montrose. Any amount will be appreciated and put to good use. A letter will be mailed to businesses in late February soliciting donations of money or prizes. Remember this; in the year 2009 the US Census Bureau reports that 5051 drivers ages 16-20 were involved in alcohol related fatal crashes. So many young lives lost before they even had a chance to start. In Montrose County, there have been no accidents or lives lost on graduation day since this annual graduation day party tradition started 28 years ago. With your help we can keep this tradition alive.
– Jacqueline Huff