Casino Night volunteers, Grad Night support sought |

Casino Night volunteers, Grad Night support sought

The Union photo/John Hart
John R. Hart | The Union

I received a call from my son this morning. He let me know that his girlfriend had accepted his proposal of marriage. I was proud and happy that he had moved forward into this next phase of his life.

As parents, we all hope to share in the joy that is ahead for our children. One way we ensure their future happiness is to provide them with the best education possible, and another way is to make sure they are safe, especially through their teenage years.

It would be easy to leave the education and safety of our children to others, but it is a responsibility that all parents must share. If you are interested in helping your children achieve their goals, then volunteer for one of the many opportunities to become directly involved.

One event that will help the students at Alta Sierra Elementary School realize their educational goals is the upcoming Casino Night to take place Saturday at Alta Sierra Country Club. The evening will provide an opportunity for parents to bid on exciting auction items, such as dinner and lodging in Truckee, Disneyland tickets or dance lessons.

Proceeds will go directly to computers, library materials, classroom equipment and art, music and recreational programs and other educational expenses.

Gaming, appetizers and dessert are included in the $25 ($45 per couple) price of admission. Tickets to the Parents’ Club Casino Night are available at the Alta Sierra school office or at the school’s website.

If you are the parent of a child at Cottage Hill Elementary or Magnolia Intermediate School, then attend the 2013 Bid-N-Boogie fundraising event at the Ridge Golf Course. The theme this year is “Men in Black,” and auction items include Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets, a cabin at Northstar or Tahoe-Donner, In-n-Out Burger gift certificate, Bootleggers gift certificate, a ride to school in a Higgins fire engine and more.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers and a no-host bar, a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., live auction at 8 p.m. and dancing at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and $35 for reserved seating.

Larinda Negri, PTM president, reported that event planners have yet to reach the halfway mark of their $40,000 donation goal. The economy has greatly affected essential school programs, and Bid-n-Boogie funds are slated to supplement these needs. Consequently, donations are needed now more than ever. To sponsor, buy tickets or donate, contact the Magnolia Intermediate School office at 530-268-2015.

One event that has been established to keep students safe on the night of graduation is Bear River High School’s Grad Night June 7. This “safe and sober” party has been a tradition at the high school for many years. Most parents agree that knowing your student is at a safe, chaperoned event is worth the many, many hours of preparation.

This year, coordinators are offering T-shirt sponsorships. A business or family may purchase a listing of their name on the backs of the official Grad Night T-shirts for only $50.

If you would like to participate in this unique type of local advertising, contact Dana Coffman by Feb. 25, at or 530-268-1067.

The planning committee is also looking for volunteers to help with Grad Night.

The next meeting will take place in the Bear River High School teachers’ lunchroom March 11 at 7 p.m. Call Carrie Green at 530-268-9639 to volunteer.

The BRHS campus is transformed every year into a wonderland of games, food, and entertainment.

The food is probably a main attraction for many of the teenagers, but as a parent volunteer, I enjoyed the display of photographs prepared by parents for their seniors known as “Memory Lane.”

A ticket to Grad Night could be an excellent gift to a graduating senior you know.

Tickets can be purchased now at the BRHS Student Store for only $35.

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