I have a frame at home that has 12 openings in it. Twelve openings for 12 photos, one for each year of school. I recently put the final picture in there of my daughter.

Her senior picture.

I got all teary-eyed looking at all 12 photos of her (A disclaimer: I cry during Hallmark commercials). I see Rachel in her kindergarten outfit, the one she picked out herself as a 5-year-old about to start her school years at Cedar Oak Park Primary School.

I look at each of the photos, one by one, that go around in a circle with the current one in the middle. For so many years there were extra openings with photos to be taken in future school years, as Rachel's younger twin brothers' (fourth grade) frames show.

But now, Rachel's frame is filled, symbolizing that this chapter of her school years is coming to a close. And, I think it seems like so long ago when she started school. And yet, only yesterday. And I think where did the time go?

And, now, I get a letter saying how much I owe to Jostens for graduation announcements, and I am thinking about the graduation party I will be planning for my first child to commemorate her completion of high school June 6. As all of the other senior parents will be doing.

Something else so many other senior parents have been doing is planning another party - a collective party - to be held immediately after graduation. This is a 20-plus year tradition for parents to offer seniors a safe and substance-free party. The West Linn High School Grad Party for the Class of 2008 will be held at an undisclosed location; all seniors, after receiving their diplomas at the University of Portland's Chiles Center, will be sent off on buses for the chaperoned party.

The Grad Party Committee for 2008 has been working tirelessly since last summer under the leadership of Shelley Connolly and Ruth Offer, who both have senior sons. So many parents have stepped forward to help with this event. It absolutely amazes me how much work goes into this.

Not only does this Grad Party Committee plan the actual party but they host fundraisers throughout the year to pay for this most memorable evening for the graduating class. The Grad Party Committee appreciates the community's support for this positive party.

And this Saturday's Parent and Community Rockin' Dance Party featuring Power of 10 live Dance Band is to be the largest fundraiser for the Senior '08 Party. Scheduled from 7 pm to 11:30 p.m. at the Oregon Golf Club, this is one adult-only party you do not want to miss. Anyone over 21 from the community is invited.

The $35 per person price includes heavy hors d'oeuvres as well as desserts. There will be a no host bar.

The Power of 10 describes itself as: 'A funky/fresh make you feel good party band.' The giving of their time to support our seniors is much appreciated. Tickets are available at Dragonfly Gifts (Cascade Summit), Salute Italiano Cafe (Historic Willamette), Winebox (Oregon City), Magnolia Boutique (next to Bales Thriftway), and the West Linn High career center. Carol Flores is one of the event organizers and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Another senior '08 fund-raiser still to come is the April 26 Queen of Hearts Mother and Son Brunch, also at the Oregon Golf Club. The Saturday event, held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., costs $25 per person.

The purpose of all the fundraisers is, yes, to raise money for the safe, fun Senior '08 Party. But, also, the events themselves are meant to be memorable. A chance to see others in the community. A chance to enjoy a brunch with your son or daughter. A chance to watch a talent or fashion show. A chance to reflect on this year's senior class.

Cornelia Seigneur is a West Linn resident and has helped with publicity for the Grad Party Committee.

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