Principal’s Unique Homage Spurs Travelers to Help Pay Tribute to High School Seniors Without a Graduation
A Florida high school principal has gone above and beyond the call of duty to honor her graduating students amongst the novel coronavirus shutdowns.
Poplar Springs School Principal Farica West has been heartbroken over how her senior students have been forced to spend the remainder of their final high school year in self-isolation, all without getting to enjoy such events as a graduation ceremony or senior prom.
After brainstorming different ways she could spotlight her students, West contacted the school photographer responsible for taking all 30 senior portraits for the Class of 2020 yearbook.
She then had all of their portraits enlarged, printed out, and posted on both sides of the school’s road in Graceville. Now, the faces of the 30 graduating seniors can be seen smiling at the drivers passing by.
To West’s surprise, the initiative has been more successful than she ever would have dreamed.
“People who don’t even have students here, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi…have driven over just to drive through and see and honor our students,” West said.
The students have been particularly touched by the gesture as well.
“I pass by my school every day I go to work and every time I look out there, I get to see the banners and everything else and just see our faces out there on the drive. So, it is definitely something that gives you comfort,” one of the seniors shared.
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