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Lake of the Pines Working to keep our kids safe

My oldest son, who is a senior and will be participating in this year’s graduation at Bear River High School, has long ago said good-bye to leprechauns, the Easter bunny and other childhood fantasies.

On the other hand, my youngest still believes in the tooth fairy, and innocently stuffed a lost tooth under his pillow this week. In order to proliferate the myth, my husband and I concocted elaborate scenarios regarding this fairy’s midnight visits to the house. But the time will come when our son points his little finger, its bony growth plates intact, and cries, “you liars, you lied to me.” This day will arrive, sadly for him, before he loses all of his baby teeth.

As I monitor my senior’s online college applications, I cannot help but lament the fact that soon his pillow will be far from our reach. Although, the college fairy may magically shove money in his direction from time to time, there soon will be little we can do to protect him. After graduation, he will speed off to meet his future.



There is one last parent-sponsored event planned to keep high school seniors safe, however, at least for one night. Last Wednesday evening, Lake of the Pines Round Table Pizza held a fundraising event for Bear River High School’s safe and sober 2006 Grad Night. It was well attended, fueled by the foolproof any-excuse-not-to-cook motivational technique. At a corner table next to the restaurant’s exit, there was another fundraising venue – a well-supplied bake sale. Patrons were moved to purchase by another marketing trick – the eating-brownies-for-a-good-cause factor.

The LOP area community is always eager to support school activities, and the 2006 BRHS Grad Night is no exception. If you have ever been the parent of a teenager, then you know why this night is so well supported. On Friday evening, June 9, an estimated 90 percent of the BRHS graduating class will be celebrating safely on campus. Instead of cruising up and down Highway 49 looking for parties, our teens will be dancing and laughing all night, with their cars safely parked.




Support for Grad Night does not rest entirely with parents. Feeding a few hundred teenagers all night is no easy feat, and area businesses such as Round Table Pizza have always donated to the event. Last year, food or beverages were supplied by Holiday Market, Sierra Mountain Coffee Roasters, Larry and Lena’s Pizza, Quiznos, Combie Deli, Port-a-Subs, Raley’s, Rite Aid, Gristmill Bakery, Flour Garden Bakery, Longs Drugs and Pak-n-Sav, to name a few.

The local Soroptomists baked dozens and dozens of cookies, and they have already sent in a cash donation for this year’s party. Nearly 300 businesses, clubs and citizens generously donated food, cash, and prizes to make the 2005 night a success. There is a complete list of 2005 sponsors at the Grad Night web site listed below.

Although graduation is still three months away, plans are well underway for the “New York, New York” themed Grad Night. If you would like to contribute to preventing a graduating teenager from becoming another Highway 49 accident statistic on June 9, contact Liz Rhodes, fundraising chairman at 268-1625 to help.

Also, check out Grad Night information at http://www.nuhsd.org/schools/brhs. Area businesses that would like to donate food or beverages to this event can contact me directly at 268-8029, or by e-mail at lavelledesign@earth link.net.

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Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at lau ral@theunion.com or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.


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