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Mar 03, 2019 05:26PM

Caring for Paradise High Grads

Pleasant Hill Rotarian Leads the Effort to Host Grad Night Event


A small group of Rotarians, educators, and interested community members from Contra Costa County have begun the process of hosting a safe and sober Grad Night for high school seniors from Paradise High School. The event will provide a post-graduation celebration for the 200+ Paradise High School students who were displaced from both their homes as well as their high school because of the devastating effects of the Camp Fire in November 2018.


The event will take place on Thursday, June 6, immediately following the Paradise High School graduation and will be available to the approximately 240 high school seniors, regardless of whether or not they have relocated outside the Butte County community. (Location of the event to be determined at a later date.)


The volunteer committee, which is comprised of members of the Pleasant Hill Rotary Club, employees from the Contra Costa County Office of Education, and other interested community members, has begun the planning, which is focused on providing all the activities, food, music, prizes, and ambiance for a safe and sober, post-graduation celebration.


Mike Maxwell, Pleasant Hill Rotarian and president of the Contra Costa County Board of Education, is leading the effort. He says the event will require little effort on the part of the Paradise High School community and has been fully embraced by the school administration. “Our goal is to provide the best grad night experience possible for these young people who have lost so much, without the high school community having to do any of the work,” said Maxwell. “We don’t know exactly what it will look like yet, but this group of very passionate people is committed to giving these kids an opportunity to truly celebrate with their classmates.” The Rotary Club of Pleasant Hill is accepting donations that will be used for the planning and execution of the event. 


Monetary donations can be sent to:

Pleasant Hill Rotary Foundation

PHS Grad Night

621 Reading Pl.

Danville, CA 94526

Federal Tax ID is #04-3708728 

We deeply appreciate everyone who has stepped in to help make our grad night a success and a night to remember for our students, especially in this very difficult time," said Loren Lighthall, principal at Paradise High School. “It has become very difficult for parents/students to donate their time and money with all that is going on in their lives.