The Class of 2020 was born during the year of 9/11, and are graduating as the “COVID-19 class,” under extraordinary, stay-at-home directives.
To help the students and their families compensate for the loss of milestone events, without the customary pomp and circumstance, the El Modena Education Foundation donated a “Congrats Grad” yard sign to every graduating senior. Under normal circumstances, the signage is a fundraiser for the Foundation; this year, however, the Foundation determined it was more important to celebrate the students.
On Friday, May 1, a drive-up event was held. As students and families drove through the on-campus line, teachers and parent volunteers placed the yard sign, caps, gowns and tassels in the vehicle. Hopes are that the students will be able to wear their caps and gowns at a live, not cyber, graduation on Thursday, June 11.
The ElMo Education Foundation is a parent-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for capitol improvements and education endeavors at El Modena High. To donate funds, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see elmodenahs.org.
Natasha Hernandez, a 2020 El Modena High senior, is hoping to wear her graduation regalia at a formal ceremony.
Paula Harrisberger, left, and Alma Massey, president of the ElMo Educational Foundation, congratulate a 2020 senior, with pom-poms and cheers.
El Modena Education Foundation recognizes seniors
El Modena High senior Kayley Anne, with mother Helen Scott, receives her graduation cap, gown, tassel and sign from volunteer Meg Harrisberger, ElMo Class of 2001.