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'No change' to Mount Boucherie Dry Grad despite teachers' extracurricular withdrawal

The Mount Boucherie Secondary School Dry Grad event will not be a victim of B.C. teachers' recent decision to withdraw from all extracurricular activities.

Dana Elder, chairperson for the Mount Boucherie Dry Grad said, "there will be no change in grad activities."

Elder added a group of parents has been working hard all year to organize the Dry Grad festivities.

"We're all organized and ready to go; we're just waiting for the day to come," said Elder.

Mount Boucherie Dry Grad will take place on June 22, following the convocation ceremony at Trinity Baptist Church in Kelowna.

"After their convocation, they'll be bused to Parkinson Recreation Centre, where there will be a wonderful party awaiting them," said Elder.

As a highlight of the event, a 1996 Dodge Neon—donated by John Bertram from Highway 97 Truck and Auto Gallery—will be raffled off to one lucky student.

According to Elder, the recreation centre will be transformed into an "exciting nightlife atmosphere." The party will continue until 4:30 a.m.

After that, students will be bused to Kumsheen Rafting Resort where they'll get the opportunity to have a whitewater rafting adventure.

After a full day of rafting, the students will be bused back to Mount Boucherie.

The cost for students to attend the Parkinson Recreation Centre Dry Grad activities is $25; the cost for them to go whitewater rafting is $200.

Elder said that several fundraisers have been successful at driving down the price for attending.

"If students are having any kind of issues financially, they just need to come and speak to the school councillor and we will ensure that they are able to participate in the dry grad.

"Our goal is to have 100 per cent of our graduating class involved in the dry grad festivities."

So far, approximately 50 per cent of the graduating class has signed up for Dry Grad. A final collection of Dry Grad fees will take place on May 3 and 4 at Mount Boucherie during the lunch break.

All parents of 2012 grads are invited to attend a Dry Grad meeting held at the Mount Boucherie library on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Dana Elder at mbssdrygrad@yahoo.com or call Mount Boucherie Secondary School at 250-712-7040.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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