A group of Melrose parents has been working all year long to make Melrose High School graduation night special–and safer than ever before.
Concerned about drinking and driving on graduation night, these parents decided to offer students an alternative–Melrose Grad Night, an all-night, “lock-in” graduation party–and they have been busy planning and fund-raising since last summer to make it a reality.
The idea for Grad Night began over 20 years ago, and communities throughout the country have been adopting the idea. Rather than have passive entertainment, such as a show, or a dance, grad night includes interactive activities that engage the students and send them off into the world with a really good party.
After tonight’s graduation ceremonies, students will head back to school for the all-night luau-themed party, which will feature inflatables, a DJ, casino games, a photo booth, a cash cube, a caricaturist, a tarot card reader, and a headline entertainer, as well as some surprises. There will be food from many local restaurants, including pizza, Chinese, BBQ, and a make-your-own-sundae station. Every student will get a t-shirt and a door prize. The event will culminate with breakfast at 4am, and “big” prize drawing of items such as Red Sox and concert tickets, a iPad, a dorm fridge, 19″ TV, and more. The party will be staffed by parent volunteers who will work in shifts throughout the night as chaperones and food servers.