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Volunteers needed for grad night at Bear River, Nevada Union

Graduating seniors enjoy a recent grad night event at Nevada Union High School. Volunteers are needed to run this year's overnight parties at both Nevada Union and Bear River high schools.
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After accepting their diplomas and tossing their caps, the members of the class of 2016 at Bear River and Nevada Union high schools will head off to Grad Night — an overnight drug- and alcohol-free graduation party held annually for graduates at each school.

The evening is designed to be a safe, sober alternative to traditional graduation parties — and event organizers from both schools are asking community volunteers to help ensure the parties run smoothly.

Bear River’s grad night will be held at the school from 10 p.m. on June 10 to 3:30 a.m. on June 11.



Nevada Union’s grad night will be held from 8 p.m. on June 11 to 4 a.m. on June 12. Nevada Union’s grad night has traditionally been held at Club Sierra in Grass Valley. However, the fitness club was recently purchased by South Yuba Club, which is doing significant renovations on the space. So this year, Nevada Union will hold its grad night on campus.

Each event features a variety of food, activities and entertainment for graduates. At Nevada Union, activities will include sumo suit wrestling, laser tag, a casino room, massages and dancing.




At Bear River, the event will feature laser tag, indoor rock climbing, card-playing, a photo booth and more.

Several local businesses donate prizes or gift cards for the newly-graduated seniors.

Each event is entirely volunteer-run. At Nevada Union, it takes about 170 volunteers to run grad night, said event chair Tina Skrukrud. Bear River event chair Sonia Delgadillo said she’s looking for about 80 volunteers.

Both schools are also accepting monetary donations or donated prizes.

Grad night volunteers fill a variety of roles at each school, from setting up the event to checking in students to monitoring exits to running games and activities.

To volunteer at or donate to Bear River’s grad night, visit brhsgradnight.ivolunteer.com/brgradnight2016. Questions can be directed to Delgadillo at brhsgradnight@gmail.com.

To volunteer at or donate to Nevada Union’s grad night, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044bafac2da1ff2-nugrad. Questions can be directed to Skrukrud at 530-713-2296 or tina@vergermortgage.com.

Delgadillo noted participating in the event is a chance for the community to provide a final send off for graduating seniors.

“It’s pretty sentimental and very fun,” Delgadillo said. “Just being there for a few hours to watch all of these kids for the last time is pretty special.”

She noted students often remember grad night long after high school. She recalled talking to some of Bear River’s first graduates at the school’s recent 30th anniversary celebration; all of them recalled attending the inaugural grad night.

“It’s still a tradition that sends the kids off with great memories of their high school and their friends,” Delgadillo said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.


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