SEASIDE - The 20th annual Seaside High Pacifica Project Presentations will be held tonight at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center.

To qualify for graduation, each senior at Seaside High School is required to complete a Pacifica Project. The community-based projects range from benefit concerts, being "lunch-buddies" at middle and elementary schools, working with the elderly and long-term care facilities, to celebrating community arts and working on alcohol and substance abuse prevention projects.

At the end of each school year, the seniors gather at the Convention Center to present their project and explain what they learned through the process.

Pacifica Project co-founder Mike Hawes said the projects better link the students to their community through problem solving, organization and leadership.

"We want them to have an understanding about what makes communities tick," said Hawes.

The Pacifica Project began in 1993 and was co-founded by Hawes and Seaside High School Athletic Director Jason Boyd.

The presentations are open to the public free of charge from 5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.

The Seaside Civic and Convention Center is located at 415 1st Avenue. For more details, call Seaside High School at (503) 738-5586 or the Seaside Convention Center at (503) 738-8585.

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