LIMA — Caitland Boroff, a 17-year-old senior at Perry High School, was surprised at her home Wednesday by dozens of teachers who were trying to spread a little cheer by delivering yard signs and caps and gowns to the 45 members of the school’s senior class.
“It gives me some kind of closure because we don’t get to be in school for the rest of the year. It gives me a chance to see everybody one last time,” Boroff said.
For Angela Bender, a teacher at Perry and senior advisor, the feeling is mutual.
“Even in these hard times, we’re going to celebrate from afar. We haven’t forgotten you. Everybody’s going through their own struggles and hard times, and this is just a little something that we can do just for this particular group that’s having a hard time,” Bender said.
It’s one way schools around the region have tried to recognize the graduating class.
Lima Central Catholic conducted a similar effort with a teacher dropping off yard signs for the 62 members of the senior class.
“We just felt very strongly that since the senior class is getting sort of the short end of the stick, if you will, in terms of all of the milestones — graduation, spring athletics and different end of the year award traditions, that we wanted to do something very special for the class of 2020,” said Stephanie Williams, LCC’s principal. “Our guidance counselor actually had an idea to have these signs made and deliver them to the class, just to let them know how much we care about them, how much we love them and how much we’re really going to miss sharing these milestones with them.”
Waynesfield-Goshen High School and the Village of Waynesfield, on the other hand, have installed banners on village light poles depicting each senior.
Perry High School principal Jesse Kill said he wanted the seniors to know they were appreciated.
“We just want to send a little reminder to them that we’re proud of them and that they’re not forgotten,” Kill said. “So we want to give them something so their neighbors and also community members realize that they’re a graduating senior. It’s kind of the token that the end is in sight.”
Kill had praise for the students and staff that have muddled through remote education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I like to say that our teachers are doing a phenomenal job. We were blessed in that each student had a computer prior to (the pandemic),” he said. “So, as far as transitioning, it hasn’t been as difficult for us compared to maybe some other schools. There is no way to take away the face to face, the quality of education that you get when you’re sitting in a class, but I think for what we’ve been dealt, I think that they’ve been able to get some good education for these last few months.”
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