Hannibal’s Project Graduation receives $1,000 donation from Riedel Foundation

Project Graduation

Coordinators Lori Cox and Kori Locke accept a $1,000 donation from the Riedel Foundation to go toward Project Graduation at Hannibal High School. | Photo courtesy of the Riedel Foundatiion.

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Hannibal High School’s Project Graduation will benefit from a $1,000 grant from the Riedel Foundation.

During Project Graduation on May 25, Hannibal High School seniors will spend the entire night of graduation at a party as a safe way to celebrate their achievements.

In a press release, Riedel trustee Dr. Michael Bukstein said, “As a surgeon, I’ve seen it too many times where a student dies or suffers life-changing injuries after a crash on graduation night. If a party like Project Graduation saves one life, that is money well spent.”

It takes about $20,000 to put on Project Graduation. Parents like Lori Cox, who submitted the grant application, spend the entire school year raising money for the event.

“The most important thing is to keep the kids safe,” Cox said. “It’s also just a really fun event for the seniors. For some of them, this is the last time they’ll get together with their classmates. It’s a great send off and a recognition of all the work they’ve done to graduate.”

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