By Elizabeth Varville, Correspondent
Belton’s Project Celebration held their annual Glow Run to benefit Belton’s graduating senior class April 9 at Confederate Park in Belton. The run was designed to raise money to help fund project celebration. Tickets were $20 for adults and $10 for students. Fees included a one-of-a-kind T-shirt proudly demonstrating donating sponsors.
As participants gathered for the start of the run, all shades of neon could be seen dancing in anticipation.
“We had over 200 participants registered for the 2.16 mile run. The runners dress in their best glow-in-the-dark attire since the run is after dark. We raised over $5,000 last year. This is a unique opportunity to have fun, exercise, and raise money for a good cause,” said previous event coordinator Glenda Northam.
The tradition known as Project Celebration dates back to the year 1989 here in Belton. Project Celebration offers graduating seniors of Belton High School an alcohol, drug-free opportunity to gather with friends to celebrate their accomplishments. The parents of the junior and senior classes reach out to the community to ask for their help in donating what resources they may have to offer.
“It is so exciting. I have a senior graduating this year and we are all pulling together as parents in the community to raise money for their Project Celebration so they can have a place to go to have fun and not worry about the dangers of being out so late at night. Project Celebration is a great way for the students to spend their last night having fun and celebrating with their friends before going off to college and their separate ways,” said Charla Trejo BHS graduate and Execute Director for Leadership for BISD.
Peaceable Kingdom in Killeen will be hosting this year’s celebration. Dinner will be provided to students immediately following graduation ceremonies. The funds raised are used to provide the dinner for the students and prizes for the multiple drawings made throughout the evening. Prizes being considered for this year; a Yeti cooler, Yeti cups, fishing poles, Go Pros, and gift cards to various surrounding restaurants.
For information on donating to Project Celebration, please contact Jodi Mees at 254-493-8989 or Allison Trevino at 254-541-3845.