West Hartford Parents Raising Funds for Safe Graduation Parties

Every year West Hartford parents host safe graduation parties for Conard and Hall seniors. It’s a tremendous undertaking and they need the community’s help to provide a safe celebration for the graduates.

Conard PTO
Hall PTO

Conard Safe Graduation Announces Flocking Season!

From a press release:

It’s Flocking Season! Time to spruce up the lawn with bright color. Time to deliver a whimsical birthday surprise on the lawn of a friend, time to congratulate a soon-to-be graduate, time to welcome the arrival of a new baby, time to send a dynamic, message to your neighbors, time for celebration and cheer.

One easy phone call and 25 pink flamingos will be planted land on whatever lawn you choose. The artificial flock mysteriously appears overnight to surprise your designated recipient. One $25 donation to the Conard High School Safegrad fund, and your flock takes flight. After two days visit, the flock takes off on its journey to perk up another lawn.

Flocking graduates, neighbors, grandparents and friends is a contagious tradition started a few years ago as a fundraiser for the Safegrad celebration at Conard High School. Parents of senior students set up the flamingos at night to greet an unsuspecting recipient. The sender can attach a message or remain anonymous, adding to the fun as the happy friend guesses who might have sent the special delivery.

Anyone can send a flock to anyone in West Hartford. Originally the flocks were sent to graduating seniors from the high school, but the more the flocks were sighted around town, the faster the requests flew in to flock family, friends, new neighbors, colleagues. Flocking, as the custom is known, is not only a unique surprise, but the sender has the satisfaction of knowing he or she has helped a good cause.

Safegrad is a substance-free party held in each of the high schools on graduation night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The parties are funded completely through donations. Parents started organizing volunteers in November and work through graduation day to plan, decorate and chaperone the events. More than 370 seniors in the Class of 2010 will be attend free of charge in a night filled with entertainment, food, dancing, crafts and games.

Flocking is one of their many fundraisers. This year there is greater need than ever to raise funds for the Safegrad celebration, as the strained economy has made it impossible for many businesses and families to fully defray the costs of the graduation event, as was done in the past.

To send your flock merrily on its way to one or to several graduates, friends and neighbors, contact:

Conard Parents: Judy Poltorak 860-586-8631 or Judy.Poltorak@gmail.com
JoAnn Lohneiss 860-561-9849 or Jlohn5@comcast.net

Conard Safe Graduation Teams with Local Restaurants for Fun and Great Food

From a press release provided by Conard safe graduation:

Here are the first of many great food and fundraising events that will help us to keep the Class of 2010 Safe on graduation night!

The Prospect Café will run Conard day Wednesday March 10th. Owner Nick Faenza has pledged 10% of all food and drink sold on the 10th to the Conard Safe Grad 2010 Fund! The Prospect hosts Karaoke Night on Wednesday’s from 8pm – 12 Midnight. Nick says: “I hope to have some of the high school kids ready to sing here on March 10th after they enjoy a good meal with friends and family.”

We look forward to having a great crowd at the Prospect on March 10th! Please spread the word to family and friends to join the Conard Community and the Prospect Café in keeping our grads safe!

Carmine’s Pizza on New Britain Ave has generously offered to donate $1.50 from each large pizza and $1.00 from each small or medium pizza ordered from March 11th through June 10th. All you have to do is mention Conard when you place your order! Carmine encourages the students to stop in for Pizza with Mom and Dad, this is the perfect solution to those busy school nights! So stop for a pizza today!

Cosi on 970 Farmington Ave., West Hartford will sponsor a Conard Safe Grad 2010 fundraising event on Wednesday March 31st from 1:00 until 9:00 pm. The restaurant will donate 10% of Sales from to Conard Safe Grad 2010! Live music will perform during dinner hours inside the restaurant.


Safe Graduation Signs Sprouting Up on West Hartford Lawns – 6/9/09

Red signs, blue signs, which party do you support? These yard signs aren’t about politics, but they are about parties. Graduation parties.

LocalOnlineNews.TV’s Anna Stonestreet spoke with safe graduation organizers from both Conard and Hall High Schools to learn more about the parties being planned for graduates later this month.

Conard High School Safe Graduation Parent Info (PDF)
Conard High School Safe Graduation Business Supporters (PDF)
Hall High Safe Graduation Information