What would truly be a surprise from the many Senior Surprise money-gathering events for Eatonville High School I read about in the Dispatch would be that the seniors would be earning and returning this money in some way to the community or school as a thanks for receiving an education. The amount raised last year – over $30,000 – in this time of economic hardship is almost obscene, in my opinion, to be blown for such an event.
This Senior Surprise was started simply by a group of community minded people who thought it would provide a way to lead graduating seniors away from, in many cases, drunken pre-graduation celebrations which led to hungover graduates barely able to attend the ceremonies, and, in some cases, not attending because of automobile accidents incurred the night before under the influence of liquor or drugs.
That times change is a truism, and I wonder if it is not time for a change or simplification of this tradition. Do our students value the blessing and gift of the educational process as much as that inspiring girl in Pakistan who was shot for just wanting the right of girls and women to be educated? I truly hope and want to believe that most of our young people value their education as the surest road to personal fulfillment and success in life.