Grads cel­e­brate mod­i­fied safe and sober event

Times Standard (Eureka) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mary Bull­winkel

Grad­u­ates of For­tuna and East high schools this year were given a very spe­cial and unique safe and sober party. The fun in­cluded a scav­enger hunt Fri­day night af­ter grad­u­a­tion, a prize give­away at 1:30 a.m., and a drive-thru break­fast Satur­day morn­ing.

The For­tuna High School Safe and Sober Com­mit­tee felt that many things had been taken away from the grad­u­at­ing se­niors be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic. This year’s party was planned to be as much of a cel­e­bra­tion as usual but within so­cial dis­tanc­ing guide­lines.

The scav­enger hunt piece of the party be­gan at 11 p.m. when stu­dents gath­ered in the park­ing lot of For­tuna busi­ness Las Cazue­las. There, stu­dents picked up rules and rid­dles. The rid­dles were clues for the 10 lo­ca­tions within the city where stu­dents would go to earn a ticket for the prize draw­ing. Rid­dles in­cluded “Check your­self in here be­fore you wreck your­self and get ‘aligned’ here” and “This place is where Safe and Sober 2020 raised the most amount of money.”

“Tick­ets were col­lected at 1:30 a.m. at the Gene Lu­cas Com­mu­nity Cen­ter park­ing lot and prizes were given out,” Safe and Sober Com­mit­tee mem­ber Brian Gon­za­lez said. “It was a fun and suc­cess­ful night,” he added.

He also ex­tended a spe­cial note of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the as­sis­tance of the For­tuna Po­lice De­part­ment, and to the Gene Lu­cas Com­mu­nity Cen­ter.

Even with the rain, there was a good turnout of grad­u­ates par­tic­i­pat­ing in a drive-thru break­fast, also in the park­ing lot of the Gene Lu­cas Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. The Satur­day morn­ing driv­ethru meal in­cluded break­fast bur­ri­tos, spe­cialty fla­vored cof­fee, and other bev­er­ages. The meal was catered by Moon­light Cater­ing, and in­cluded do­na­tions from Dutch Bros Cof­fee. At the break­fast, all grad­u­at­ing se­niors were also given a goodie bag of stick­ers, Hy­droflasks, and candy.

An­other unique way of hon­or­ing the grad­u­ates was the place­ment of yard signs in the me­di­ans of For­tuna Boule­vard. The Safe and Sober

Com­mit­tee paid for the yard signs, one for each For­tuna and East high schools grad­u­at­ing se­nior.

“Thank you to every­one who helped make this pos­si­ble,” Gon­za­lez said, and giv­ing a shout out to the other Safe and Sober Com­mit­tee mem­bers he added, “We had a di­verse board with dif­fer­ent ideas and we worked well to­gether. I’m very proud of the out­come and the hard work from both the stu­dents and the par­ents.”

This was the 35th year of a Safe and Sober cel­e­bra­tion for grad­u­at­ing se­niors in For­tuna.

MARY BULL­WINKEL — FOR THE TIMES-STAN­DARD

Grad­u­ates of For­tuna and East high schools en­joyed a hosted drive-thru break­fast as part of this year’Äôs unique Safe and Sober grad­u­a­tion event.

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