Schools around Logan County are thinking of creative ways to honor the graduating classes of 2020.
Following a national trend, schools like County Line and Paris recognized seniors by turning on their stadium lights over the past couple of weeks. Still, the Paris School District has taken honoring their seniors even further by displaying caps/gowns, jersey’s and photo collages of the 2020 Senior Class, in business windows and by co-hosting a Cruise Night with the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce.
On May 9, the community of Paris is invited to come downtown and cruise the main strip like it was 1985 while viewing the displays of the Senior Class. Organizers suggest you come decked out to show your support in your favorite Eagle gear and make signs to hang from your vehicle, all while practicing physical distancing, to show support for the Senior 2020 class.
PACC Executive Director Tonya Baumgartner said, “Tune in to KDYN, wear your Eagle gear, decorate your car and grab a bite to eat while you enjoy an old fashioned cruise night.”
The Senior Cruise Night will then take place from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. from Wal-Mart to Elmer’s. This cruise night is a perfect opportunity to also support local food establishments by grabbing a snack as you cruise the strip. The senior class displays will be available for viewing until May 11.
Castle Graphics in Paris is donating Senior 2020 yard signs for each graduating Paris senior that will be displayed along the cruise route. After the cruise night, students will be allowed to take their sign home to display in their yard.
“The whole approach to honoring our seniors (various lights, displays in business windows, cruise night) is a testament to the love and commitment our community has when it comes to Paris School District students. What they have had to endure is unprecedented, one day they are in school, the next day it is all over. Each one of them, although disappointed, knows the gravity of the situation and has been mature beyond their years in their acceptance. These small events are small ways to honor and extraordinary class,” said Paris Superintendent Dr. Wayne Fawcett.
After the recent announcement from Governor Hutchinson that no district will be allowed a traditional graduation ceremony this year until after July 1, Paris School District made the decision to hold the PHS Graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 on July 18 at 10 a.m. on the Eagle Stadium field.