Project Graduation’ Used to Reduce Alcohol-Related Fatalities

Project Graduation, a program that originated in Maine and has been successful in reducing fatalities from alcohol-related car crashes, has been implemented in other parts of the country, as well, WMTW TV-8 reported June 14.

Oxford Hills High School in Maine began the program in the 1980s. Since then, the school has had all-night, non-alcoholic supervised celebrations for graduations each year.

Since Project Graduation’s inception, 20 states and four Canadian provinces have duplicated the program. In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized it as one of eight model projects nationally for youth.