Senior Parade Among Ways ‘Grove Honors Grads
LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – Members of the Pottsgrove High School Class of 2020 were treated to a show of parental, school district, and community warmth Friday night (May 15, 2020).
Despite, but heeding, ever-present coronavirus restrictions a “Senior Tribute Parade” celebrated their coming rite of passage as graduates. It slowly made its way, bearing them in all kinds of decorated vehicles and accompanied by blaring horns, flashing lights, and occasionally waving police officers and firefighters, past the building soon to become their alma mater.
Held between 6 and 8 p.m., the lengthy but orderly line of festive-looking cars, trucks and motorcycles trundled down School Lane – made a one-way thoroughfare specially for the occasion – from Kauffman Road to Charlotte Street. Along that stretch of private asphalt, each senior was greeted by personalized lawn signs featuring their names and photographic portraits. Those same signs will be given to grads in coming weeks as a souvenir of the event.
- Watch a video (above) of the parade as filmed from a fly-over drone by Don Valentine, or see it at his YouTube channel, here.
Except for its stated hours, there were no limits on drivers’ ability to circle back and rejoin the experience. Several did, declaring it fun to repeat.
The parade was among unusual methods the Pottsgrove School District is employing to ensure the graduates and their families – robbed by the pandemic, due to social distancing requirements, of a traditional graduation ceremony on Pennypacker Field or in the high school gym – know they are special in the high school’s history.
The district sent letters to seniors bearing not only its congratulations, but also a gold (rather than maroon or white) tassel. The special token was offered to ensure the 2020 students “stand out from any other graduating class in Pottsgrove’s 64 years,” Principal Dr. Bill Ziegler wrote. It signified the graduates “resilience, perseverance, and positive spirit during these unprecedented and trying times,” he added.
Those tassels will be worn by each graduate, suited in full cap and gown with camera shutters snapping and digital video rolling, as they take individual and isolated turns walking across a Pottsgrove stage. The sessions, again compliant with coronavirus restrictions, are scheduled to occur between May 26 (Tuesday) and June 1 (Monday).
Each senior, and up to four family members all wearing masks, will have 10 minutes to receive their diplomas, revel in glory, get photos taken, and receive the best wishes of the high school and district administrators.
Photos from the Pottsgrove School District
Video by Don Valentine via YouTube