The grant applications were submitted to a team of Herren Project committee members for review with the names of the schools and organizations excluded from each application to ensure fairness within the selection process. Thank you to all the schools who submitted applications for the 2018 grant. It is inspiring to see so many groups of dedicated volunteers working together to ensure a safe and memorable prom for high school students nationwide. The selected schools will be notified by e-mail regarding their grant award and next steps.

$2,000 Grant Award – Northbridge High School, Northbridge, MA

Northbridge High School has offered Operation Graduation, a substance-free after party, at no cost to all graduating classes since 1991. This tradition is an event that the graduates appreciate and are excited about. Operation Graduation is a chaperoned all-night event that gives the graduates a chance to be together in an environment that is safe, fun, and most importantly drug and alcohol free. This event is 100% chaperoned and run all by volunteers. Since 1991, every graduating class has had nearly 100% participation every year. We expect 160 of the 165 graduates to be there this year. Operation Graduation has become a tradition students look forward to almost as much as the graduation itself.

$1,000 Grant Award – Monarch High School, Louisville, CO

Each year following the high school prom, we host a safe, substance free, fun event for the students to attend as opposed to drinking, driving, and other risky behaviors. A student created this short video detailing our event and what we would do with the grant money if we are selected and how we would promote the THP Project Purple Initiative. Watch the video that accompanied the grant application:

$500 Grant Award – Cuba City High School, Cuba City, WI

The parents and families of the Cuba City High School junior class are excited to host the 2018 post prom activities at The Barn! The Barn is a banquet hall in a rural setting, indicative of our small town communities. Cuba City High School represents a community of students from the towns of Kieler, Dickeyville and Cuba City, along with several open-enrolled students from the surrounding area. As with many small towns across America, a lack of “fun” things to do often leads families to worry about students making a safe and conscious decision on prom night; in small towns, family is everyone. Together, with generous prize donations (to award to all attendees) from local businesses, the community organizes an alcohol/drug free environment for all prom goers to enjoy. Following the prom dance, students travel together by bus to the post prom location and enjoy hours of music, food and fun. Parents chaperone the bus ride (to and from), organize the entertainment, prepare the food, award the donated prizes by raffle and end the morning by escorting students to their vehicles.