Tuesday, June 10, 2008

GrAD NiGhT PaRTy!!

I'm on the PTA board of our High School. Now before you get too impressed, what this actually means is that I prepare the newsletter that is sent out each quarter along with your student's grade report.

Usually I try to make it to the meeting each month, but that usually means that I am bringing along my two "Supervisors" and they love to explore the front office of the High school. (the front office ladies don't like it so much) So. . . my attendance is spotty.

A while back my friend asked if I would be willing to help with the Grad Night party and I said "sure, just let me know what I can do." A little later she came back to me and said "would you be willing to help with the games?" Again I said "sure that sounds fine." Somehow from there (this part is still a mystery to me) I became IN CHARGE of the games for the evening!! AAAGGGHHH!!! How to entertain 370 teenagers?!?!

I actually had a GREAT committee and they came up with some wonderful ideas. I must admit I was a little hesitant at first. However it all worked out great and based on the feedback from the kids I think they all had a great time.

We had the gum chewing for weight game where they had to unwrap as much gum with oven mitts on their hands, using a spoon and a fork, chew it up and then spit it out and weigh it to see whose gum weighed the most.
At the end of the night the team with the heaviest gum won. (Gross)

There was the VERY popular Boxer Bingo. The only rule here was that if you won you had to wear the boxers that you won.

We had a plate and cup stacking contest (who knew they would get so into this?!)

There was a nail pounding competition with a boys and girls category.

Of course we had lots of yummy food and treats for them!

One of the all time favorites was the Drunk Goggles. We borrowed them from the Utah Highway Patrol and had the kids wear them and then walk a straight line and then a serpentine through the cones. More fun to watch than to actually do if you ask me!

They had to stand on a balance beam and pass an orange with their neck. This sounds dumb, but they LOVED it. Again, Who Knew?!

Grad Night lasted from 9:00 pm until 5:00 am the next morning. The only rule was that if the kids left they couldn't come back in. We had tons of other activities including Comedy Sports, Laser Tag, Rock Band competition, Ping Pong, Swimming, Prize Wheel, Roaming Magician, food, food and more food.

Overall it was a success. We originally sold about 330 tickets before the event and then sold about 40 more at the door. This is only the 3rd year that the PTA has done something like this so to have that many kids out of a graduating class of 568 come, I think it was fabulous! Also, we could not have pulled this off if it weren't for the help and support of all the parents who were willing to come in and run our games, take tickets, clean up food, roam the halls, and just be there. It says a lot about a community when you have parents who are so willing to take such an active part in their children's lives. I am so lucky to be a part of such a community!


Karalee said...

I had no idea you were involved in the PTA!
Jillian and her friends attended Grad Night...they had a BLAST and loved everything you guys had planned. She was amazed at the organization, that they never ran out of food,and that the games were so fun. Good work by you and all of the other parents! Thanks : )