SAFE GRAD Fort Richmond Collegiate THE BEGINNINGS Provincial organizations including police, ambulance, hospitals, and parents faced grad season with uneasiness. Grad night incidents included alcohol related charges, boat and automobile accidents, and deaths. In 1981 these organizations looked for a process to provide a safe celebration for graduates. WHAT IS SAFE GRAD? An After-Graduation Party for the students and their guests organized by parents. A FUN & SAFE environment for graduates to celebrate with their peers. An alternative to parties held at home or in the community. An option for those who want to consume alcohol and have a safe ride home at the end of the night. RULES UNDER AN APPROVED SAFE GRAD Regular Manitoba liquor laws apply No one under the age of 18 is allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. Graduates and guests are not allowed to drive during the event even if not consuming alcohol. Each graduate can invite one guest to Safe Grad. All grads and guests must remain until the official check-out time, and be transported home by prearranged transportation. Parents are encouraged to support this as the only grad party and not provide another option before or after the Safe Grad event. GETTING ORGANIZED! School Administration and a rep from the grad committee initiate the process of setting up a Safe Grad event. Parents then take over full responsibility Each year the parents can go with the tried and true formats or create new traditions. GENERAL PLANNING Significant planning involved “Many hands make light work”. Chairs, or co-chairs, committee heads and casual volunteers COMMITTEE STRUCTURE Co-chair Food Entertainment Co-chair Prizes Registration Co-chair Medical Finance MANY PARENT VOLUNTEERS!!! Security ITINERARY FOR SAFE GRAD DAY FRC Safe Grad occurs after the grad dinner & dance. 10:30-11:00 pm (or at the end of the dinner and dance), Grads, guests and families will be ushered out of the ballroom and into a secure foyer. No one staying for Safe Grad is allowed to leave the bldg. 11:15 pm A secure re-entry “check in” for all students and guests attending Safe Grad. 3:30 am (exact time to be determined by parent committee) Students and guests will be “checked out” and leave by arranged transportation. GOOD TO KNOW….. Graduates and guests must register to attend Safe Grad. A registration and ticket release form will be provided to each household which must be properly completed and signed. Also on website. Ticket Sale Dates will be advertised. Ticket price will be determined early in our planning but is approximately $25-30 per person. All grade 12’s are invited to the Safe Grad event, even if they are not graduating. PARENT MEETINGS Approximately one per month from February until June (7:00pm in the library): February 17th, March 17th, April 14th, May 19th Parents make many decisions in the planning of Safe Grad. Information is shared, committees report and discussion ensues. Grad committee will attend meetings as needed PARENT VOLUNTEERS PARENT VOLUNTEERS……….are the most critical part of the event. Without enough volunteers, the event cannot go ahead. Ways to volunteer: On a committee as a leader or helper Behind the scenes doing research or administration Supporting the grad committee with fashion show, car wash or other fundraisers Contribute prizes, or help to accumulate them During the night of Safe Grad… when an average of 30 – 40 parents are needed for all areas. Shorter shifts can be scheduled. COMMUNICATION Safe Grad Website: www.frcsafegrad.webs.com. The FRC school website has a link to our site under the “Student” heading On the site: Updates, contact names and info, meeting dates & minutes, volunteer info, rules and regulations, registration info & forms, ticket sale info and dates School Newsletters School Sign School Mailings TIME TO GET STARTED! Sign up on the Committee Volunteer sheets. Get excited with your child about the idea of a SAFE after-graduation party; listen to them, gather their ideas and concerns and bring them to the parent meetings for discussion. Attend the next parent meeting – February 17 SIGN UP TO HELP! IT’S GREAT FUN!