Project Graduation

Members of the Project Graduation committee are seen at the citywide garage sale on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in downtown Cove raising funds for the safe night graduation celebration for seniors of Copperas Cove High School. left to right top row: Kim Blalock, Leslie Lautenschlager, Renee Beaton, and Angela Purvis. Bottom row: Ursula Hinds.

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Graduation day is June 6 and hosting an all-night alcohol-free, drug-free and chemical-free party where graduates can play games, dance, watch movies and win prizes is a long-standing tradition in Cove.

For the 480 Copperas Cove High School graduates to have a safe and fun alternative party, representatives of Project Graduation need community assistance to help with all that’s planned for seniors this year.

Funds are currently being raised to help with the cost of the event, said Leslie Lautenschlager, vice president and acting president of Project Graduation.

“We are funded entirely by fundraising and donations and are looking for monetary and nonmonetary contributions, including gift cards, games and food items,” Lautenschlager said. “We also need donations of spa deals, electronics, haircuts, marketing goodies and other items and gifts so we can give each graduate a present and they can win all types of other prizes throughout the night.”

list of party activities

The list of party activities includes a D.J., a Velcro wall, karaoke, bingo, sporting equipment and games, a mechanical bull, a casino area where seniors can play pretend blackjack and cards, and much more.

“Project Graduation is a national program, but unlike other places, we aren’t a 501(c) and only have a tax identification number,” Lautenschlager said. “However, we have partnered with CCHS as an activity club fund instead of a booster club, which means we follow high school rules and are like an extension of it.”

from midnight to 6 a.m.

The party will begin at midnight and end at 6 a.m. and will be held at the high school.

All seniors are invited along with one guest of their choice. Admission is $10 for all nongraduating guests.

“Over the years, Cove students have been very responsive to the party and it has grown,” Lautenschlager added. “We want to keep our kids out of trouble and we hope the community can help make that happen for this class.”

Contact Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro at or 254-501-7476

A journalist by trade, Corinne has written for both the military and civilian populations. She has a Master's in Writing and Bachelor's in English. She is also a military spouse and her family is currently stationed at Fort Hood.

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