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Organizers defend West Brook "Project Graduation"

BEAUMONT - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News

A move by West Brook High School senior parents to move graduation night activities, Project Graduation, to an off-site location is facing a lot of scrutiny online, but organizers are defending their actions.
KFDMs Justin Hinton has their story tonight at 10.

Members of the Facebook group BISD Board Watch have questioned the safety of the trip in moving the location from Beaumont to Galveston.

The event is designed to keep kids off the roads to avoid drinking and driving during post-graduation celebrations.

They're not going to get to run up and down the seawall or run to a club or some place like that, said one of the committee members, Gwen Young. It's all contained. We can control those kids and have fun with those kids.

Organizers say even during the drive to Galveston, they'll have chartered buses with on-board parent chaperones and police escorts leading the caravan.

Organizers say there are a lot of misconceptions about their plans.

This is about the kids. We want them to have a good time and remember it forever.

It was also noted that the groups parent letter asks families to consider a tax deductible donation, however, West Brooks Project Graduation is not a classified 501c3 organization.

The group says they have applied for the non-profit status but they have not yet been approved.

In the meantime, they are holding a number of fundraisers to raise money for the trip:

Wich/Wich Car Wash March 29, 10 2

Drive for Your School Saturday April 5, 10 - 1
    Take a free test-drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6,000 to your school
    Kinsel Ford Overflow Lot
    3105 Eastex Freeway
    Beaumont, TX 77706

We reached out to a number of parents who made complaints about the trip and they declined on-camera interviews.

 

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