By Anisha Dhakal,
The traditional Davis Grad Night open to all Davis Joint Unified School District graduating seniors has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Instead, the Davis Grad Night nonprofit has decided to plan a class of 2021 celebration called Senior Sunday.
Davis Grad Night is a nonprofit organization that began in response to a summer of alcohol and drug-related accidents among high school seniors. To steer seniors away from using substances, several parents joined together to put on the all-night event with games, entertainment and more for graduating seniors from DJUSD.
Each year parent volunteers help plan, decorate and chaperone the safe and sober all-night celebration, traditionally held at Emerson Junior High.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, the celebration is projected to take place on June 6 at the Davis High campus. “The event will be completely different due to the COVID-related restrictions on gathering large groups indoors, so we can’t hold a traditional grad night event this year,” parent Sara Fiscus said.
With this year’s “fun fair” style event, seniors will be split into groups ranging from 6-8 students. Each group will move to each activity booth as a group throughout the DHS quad. Although the official theme will be kept a secret until the day of the event, there will be a theme to the event.
At the end of the path, there will be various food options available to students, possibly including some carnival style snacks.
Parent Joanne Brennan is a co-chair beside Fiscus for the Grad Night event. “We wanted to do something student-centered that would allow something that would be safe depending on the [COVID] rules at that time but to still be safe together,” Brennan said.
The event is subject to change depending on county regulations on the date of the event. To be involved in the event, whether it may be through donations or volunteering, individuals can contact Brennan directly. Updates for the event will be made through social media and email to ensure that all students and families are informed regarding the event.
“We designed the free event for seniors with them in mind for them to be able to get out casually and be together for something that they would hopefully have more fun at than staying at home,” Brennan said.