[Editor's Note: The following is an open letter to residents and local businesses from the New Milford High School Graduation Party Committee.]

For the past 18 years, our caring community has worked together to provide our New Milford High School seniors with a fun and safe Graduation Party.

Last year, more than 90 percent of the graduates attended the Grad Party.

It is a secure, chaperoned event open to all NMHS graduating seniors. The high school rooms and halls are transformed into an elaborate, festive party.

Seniors will enjoy live entertainment, raffles, door prizes, great food, memorabilia and the camaraderie of their friends.

And they will create lasting memories with one another.

To make this party a success each year, we need your help. We rely on support from the community in a variety of ways, including volunteers to set up and work the party, fundraising events and donations from businesses such as yours.

This is a great opportunity to congratulate the graduates for all their years of hard work to achieve this important milestone in their lives, wish them well for the future and give back to the community that supports our local businesses.

We realize you are approached by many organizations throughout the year for your support, and it is impossible to accommodate each request.

Please consider the 350-plus students you will help on a very special night in their lives.

The graduating seniors are all very precious and maintaining their safety on this night is our number one objective. The party provides the opportunity for them to have fun together while being safe.

Check donations may be made payable to New Milford High School Grad Party and mailed to NMHS Grad Party, P.O. Box 1455, New Milford, CT 06776.

Thank you for your generosity and support. Please call me at 860-350-4600 if you have any questions.

Michael P. Terry

Graduation Party

New Milford

High School