For all seniors, Post Graduation Party (PGP) is a main concern due to the fact that it is the last time we will all be together with each other. We have been hearing different things regarding it, but now I have the answers to most of the questions that are being asked. Representative Paula Yonkers has let me conduct a short interview via email about these questions that never seemed to be answered.
What are the real issues going on with PGP?
The only issue with the PGP this year is a huge one; lack of monies raised. We’ve never raised such a small amount from the Fashion Show, our main Fund-raiser.
Why didn't we start fundraising earlier?
We never used to have to. That being said, we may need to revisit the Fashion Show date next year to make it earlier.
When did we start fundraising?
The first fundraising actually started when the seniors first got their tickets to sell raffle tickets, back in Nov. I think (correct me if I’m wrong).
Why didn't we have as many fundraisers/organized activities to help fundraiser as the previous years?
We haven’t actually had to have other fundraisers in the previous year that I know of. This is my 3rd year running it and we had a couple of small ones the first year I ran it in the spring when we weren’t sure of the final costs or what late donations would turn out to be. It turned out fine, as it did last year. (We didn’t need any fundraising last year. Seniors sold a great amount of raffle tickets.
Do you feel students do not participate as much as they should?
Unfortunately yes, I feel that way this year. There seems to be a communication gap among seniors but I think it’s improving as most would hate to break tradition of having this 21st annual party.
What can they do to help?
Volunteer to work in the school store, be open to raise money in fund-raisers like the one we’re having this and next Sunday at Dunkin Donuts, urge their parents to donate and volunteer, and put any bad feelings, blaming of others and shortcomings behind you, find an effective way to communicate to each other to get word of cooperation out. This experience of teamwork with people you may not even know will be a valuable life-skill.
What are the parents doing to help raise money?
The parents are creating fundraisers, (last night’s at Rio’s was very successful) sending out donation letters, searching for venues, getting and giving donations, and signing up to volunteer at the PGP.
Why is PGP free to attend?
It’s free to attend because we don’t want anyone to miss out because of financial hardship. To have a safety party is worthwhile to the kids and to the community so the parents and community can take on some financial responsibility.
Who are the people most involved with helping?
The parents who attend the meetings are the same bunch who usually show up for other school matters, and we are getting more in by word of mouth, plus some dedicated seniors.
Who are some faculty members that help out with everything?
Our principal has been incredibly helpful with getting the seniors involved, the senior. house master will chaperone and his secretary who helps with mailings, and several teachers who will also chaperone the PGP.
How long has the tradition of PGP been going on?
This will be our 21st year.
What do we need the money for specifically?
Venue, food, raffle gifts, entertainment, invitations, decorations.
Do you believe there will be a PGP for Brien McMahon?
I absolutely do, we have a strong team who won’t let it drop! We are working hard to keep the quality as it has been, and need senior students and parents to help us to do so.
Special thanks to Mrs.Yonkers for participating the interview. Senior announcements will now be posted on the blog to better inform us seniors about what we can do to help our class and our PGP.