Do you remember pink flamingos appearing all over town? They're ba-a-ack.
For the next six weeks, the birds will be around Parsippany to help Parsippany Hills High School raise money for Project Graduation, the all-night, substance-free party held at the end of the school year for graduating seniors from both township high schools.
Project Graduation is a big deal, according to volunteer organizer Sandy Nussbaum Giercyk.
"Statistically, graduation night has the highest number of vehicle accidents among seniors nationwide," she said. "But schools with Project Graduation have statistics that are significantly less.
"The goal is to keep every Parsippany graduating senior safe on graduation night."
Activities Project Graduation participants enjoy (under the watchful eyes of adult chaperones) include tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming and hot tubs. The event also offers a DJ and, if funds permit, interactive activities such as bouncy boxing or a bungee run. Snacks will be provided as well.
The cost for the event per student is about $135, Giercyk said, noting that students pay a portion with the rest covered by money raised by the community.
"It is only through the generosity of parents, townspeople and the Parsippany business community and many other generous businesses surrounding Parsippany that we have been able keep the cost affordable," she said.
The flamingos are in Parsippany to raise the funds needed.
For a $20 donation, residents can send their your friends or neighbors a flock of flamingos for a day! The birds are place on people's lawns under cover of night and are waiting on the lawn as a morning surprise. The next night, the birds migrate to a new lawn.
If you'd like to get involved with the flamingo effort, visit the project website at www.phhsprojectgrad.com to order a flock. The website also other ways to support Project Graduation.