Ah Dry Grad, I remember it well. Actually I barely remember it at all but I’m sure glad it was around back when I went to high school. If there wasn’t a dry grad I’m sure that one or more of my friends, or even me, would have made some bad decisions that night and our lives would have ended up very different then they are today. So what does dry grad have to do with the BC Teachers Federation and BC Liquor Stores? A lot actually.
BC Liquor Stores raise money for dry grad by selling chocolates at the checkout for $1 with all proceeds going towards local dry grad programs which begs the question…who will be running dry grad if the BCTF is still imposing it’s limited job action at graduation time? I know that dry grad is, in most cases, a joint effort between a student committee, parents who volunteer their time and teachers who supervise the event itself. I remember quite clearly that some of my most (and least) favourite teachers were present at my dry grad. If there’s no dry grad because the teachers have suspended all extra curricular activities then where does the money from BC Liquor stores chocolate sales end up?
More important than the money is the fact that a lot of kids might not have a safe place to go after their big graduation celebration. I know this brings up the issue of under aged drinking which is a serious problem at graduation time. It blows me away that it’s still so easy for under aged kids to get alcohol. I just hope that someone higher up than me realizes we may be headed towards a very deadly graduation year before it’s too late.