RAHS safe grad party will entertain all night

Roseville Area High School (RAHS) seniors have about a week and half separating them from the end of their high school careers. Most will undoubtedly attend parties in their honor with family and friends, but this year’s 505 (planned) graduates will have one last opportunity to celebrate with classmates at an all-night party on campus following the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

The graduation commencement ceremony will take place at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul at 7 p.m. The all-night senior party will take place at the high school between 9 p.m. May 31 and 6 a.m. June 1.

School liaison for the all-night lock-in party Kris Elfstrom said the party is a fun, safe and substance-free alternative for graduation night, which will be well supervised by parent volunteers.

The Roseville Senior Parent Association has been working for months planning and fundraising for the overnight celebration that has been a tradition for the school’s graduating seniors for more than 25 years.

Unlike in past years, however, students must pre-register for the party at the school to gain entry to the event. Elfstrom said they are running a little behind schedule with registration and she encourages students who have not yet registered to do so now.

Party organizers have booked a variety of entertainment choices for the lock-in party to help make it “the event” students will not want to miss.

There will be the usual DJ and dancing, along with casino-style games, a mechanical bull, log roll, caricaturist, a hypnotist, the Bearded Men improv group, drawings for prizes and the opportunity for students to bid on items using Raider dollars. 

Some of the prizes students can win by playing games include: an HP laptop, a TV-DVD combo, Xbox, iPod, Nook tablet, choice of black or white iPad, and numerous gift cards.

There will also be food stations from local restaurants like Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings included in the $75 price of admission.

Additionally, Elfstrom said everyone attending would receive a “goodie bag” with some free items such as T-shirts, gift certificates and buy-one get-one cards at local restaurants.

Volunteers and donations needed   

Although the Roseville Senior Parent Association started fundraising for the event in January, Fundraising Chair for the Parent Association Monte Johnson said they could still use additional help with the party.

“We’re always looking for donations and we’re always looking for volunteers,” Johnson said. “This is one of those events where you can’t have enough volunteers.”

Johnson said most of the money raised has been from student families with the addition of some grant money.

Elfstrom said they want every student to be able to attend, but she added that the school has about 165 seniors that are on free or reduced lunch programs who may not be able to afford the $75 entrance fee.

“We will be giving partial and full scholarships to kids who can’t afford it, because we want everyone to come,” Elfstrom said.

She said last year between 80 and 85 percent of graduating seniors attended and the Parent Association wants more to attend this year.

“Our main reason in doing this is to have a safe environment for students to have one last time to get together,” Elfstrom said.

In addition to monetary donations the RAHS Senior Parent Association is looking for several volunteers to help set-up, cleanup the game stations, food stations and other areas during the party.

She said they are looking for individuals 25-years-old and older who are able to work a three-hour shift between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

To volunteer or donate, contact Kris Elfstrom at 651-635-1683 or Monte Johnson at 651-490-9411.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at  jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

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