Fundraisers Allow GradNite to Keep Happening


Nonnewaug GradNite

GradNite is a post-graduation party for Nonnewaug seniors, and it only happens through year-long fundraising efforts.

Jason Eyring, Reporter

WOODBURY — Nonnewaug GradNite hosted a clothing drive Oct. 30 to raise money for the Class of 2022’s post-graduation party. The charity event was not just limited to clothing; it also accepted donations of towels, stuffed animals, bicycles, and more, all which will be turned into money to plan the event.

GradNite raises funds throughout the year for the senior post-graduation party. The group’s website describes GradNite as “a safe, sober, alcohol and drug-free celebration for graduating seniors that is organized by parents and celebrated on graduation night.”

Nonnewaug senior Andrew Stone thinks GradNite is special.

“It’s all about being with other people you have known throughout the school years,” Stone said.

Volunteering is strongly encouraged to make the seniors’ last night together special. Nonnewaug parents have planned GradNite since 1998, and it is one of the highlights of senior year. GradNites are always well received by the community and are a good way to make seniors feel accomplished.

“It’s nice to have something to do before they are no longer here,” Stone said.

GradNite always needs parent and student participation to make these events happen. Volunteering for this event also counts towards the community service hours required for graduation, so volunteers also can benefit from helping out on each occasion. There is currently a pie and cookie dough fundraiser order happening through Nov. 17, followed by a bake sale Dec. 4 and Breakfast with the Grinch on Dec. 5.

“I am looking forward to going [to GradNite] and I feel it will be the highlight of my Nonnewaug school year,” Stone said.