The following is a message from Vanessa Elias, the chairman of Wilton Youth Council.

We are in the last few hours of school and we have had so many milestones happening all around us, from 2nd Grade Picnic, 5th Grade Celebrations and last night’s 8th Grade Soaring Ahead to the big one tomorrow–High School Graduation.

A beloved graduation night tradition in Wilton since 1988, parents have worked together to create a safe, fun and inclusive last night together for Wilton graduates, called the PGP (Post Graduation Party). All high school graduates from Wilton are invited, whether they went to public or private school, and the night is such a symbol of our community’s commitment to our children in providing them a safe, fun and substance free event.

The PGP is the culmination of the Wilton Youth Council Class Projects, which starts the end of 7th grade and is designed to build community and communication amongst parents, whilst raising funds for the PGP. Current research shows that the most challenging parenting years are when our children are adolescents and a time when parents feel most isolated. Class Projects and the PGP bring parents together.

A huge thank you to all the WYC Class Project and PGP volunteers–past, present and future–whose tremendous efforts continue to make this a special Wilton tradition. And thank you to the many local businesses that step forward with donations of products and services, making the PGP a true community collaboration.

This year’s PGP organizers promise it will not disappoint. “Mission: Time Travel” will be brought to life when the event begins at Middlebrook School on the evening of Saturday, June 24, following WHS graduation. Members of the Class of 2017 will converge upon Middlebrook, where the event starts at 10:30 p.m. (with no admittance after 11:30 p.m.) and ends just before dawn on Sunday at 5 a.m.. Students will get a chance to look back at their past, revisit their present and get a glimpse at their future. They will spend the night with classmates reveling in what is certain to be a night they will never forget.

The public can get a sneak peek by attending the PGP community walk-through, scheduled for Saturday, June 24 from 1-4 p.m., at Middlebrook School. All adult members of the community are welcome to attend the walk-through. Please note anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed. Cameras and pets are also not permitted.

Happy Summer!