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With graduation being threatened by COVID-19, individuals are
taking new approaches to honor PHS seniors
At schools across the country, graduation, high school’s final triumphant act, is in jeopardy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a tough time for all the kids from Pre-K especially to our seniors who have worked so hard to get to where they are at only to have it feel like the end of their most important year has been robbed from them,” Sonya Perez said.
That’s why, on April 22, individuals across the Post community were encouraged to attend PHS seniors’ cap and gown pick up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We wanted to try to make them feel a little better during a gloomy time for them,” Perez said.
As the 45 seniors waited in line, individuals lined the street in front of the high school with goodie bags, posters and treats.
“It was just a little something to let them know we are thinking about them,” Perez said.
Though times are unprecedented, Perez believes a supportive community can make all the difference.
“We have all seen on many different occasions, when something just isn’t right, we all come together and do all we can to make it better,” she said. “This is tough for them.”
Erica Marie, Michelle Ortiz and Erica Torres have also showed their support for PHS seniors by starting a separate effort called “Adopt a Senior.”
“During these hard times, we need to find a positive outlook,” Torres said. “Let’s not lose sight of the young adults that have had so much taken from them due to COVID-19. Let’s come together to make our high school seniors feel important.”
In Adopt a Senior, community members are asked to send anything from letters to gift baskets to affected seniors.
“Although most of these young adults have families, we can become their extended family,” Torres said. “Pick a senior, pick two or three, reach out to them in anyway possible to celebrate with them in their accomplishments. Send a letter, cards, food, gift basket, whatever you can. Let’s help them celebrate in anyway we can!”
There is currently no date set for Adopt a Senior.