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2013 Grad Party Fundraiser

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It is a very important part of life for many high school students across the Magic City. High School graduation ceremonies will start in a few weeks.

"Can't wait! That's all I can think about to be honest! We're counting down the days!" said Hannah Frichtl, who goes to West High.

For parents, however, a big concern is to see their kids celebrate safely.

"I graduated in the 70s, and at that time, it was a completely different world. Drinking and driving was a common thing, and the kids paid for it." said Jay Frichtl, who owns Tarantino's Pizzeria.

For years, the city's public high schools have hosted safe, alcohol-free graduation parties for their students.

"The graduation parties are so important to us, because 95% of the kids in our High Schools are attending these parties." said All-City Graduation Committee Co-Chair Shelley Van Atta.

Businesses across the city, like Jay's pizzeria, are teaming up this year to make sure these safe parties will once again be held.

"Their business, from noon on until they close, a sliding percentage of it goes to a High School." said Van Atta. A portion of Monday's proceeds will go to Senior High. A portion of Tuesday's will go to West High, and Wednesday's for Skyview. Jay said this will go on until May 15th.

For Jay, a safe party environment means a lot, as his son and daughter are graduating.

"They're all precious, especially my two." said Jay.

Van Atta said around 200 businesses are also helping with all aspects of the grad parties. People can also donate to All-City Graduation Celebrations in any way. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1702, Billings, MT 59103.