WINCHENDON — Communities are trying to determine how they will celebrate the Class of 2020 in the year of the coronavirus pandemic. Someone from the town decided that they were just going to step up and help the Toy Town community take its first step to show the graduating seniors that they are honored.
Murdock High School senior parents, Monty Tech senior parents and any graduating senior from Winchendon are invited to come and place signs or banners on the front lawn of the Community Action Committee building on Central Street.
"We want to help acknowledge every senior graduate from the Class of 2020 and celebrate their accomplishments," wrote CAC Director Jenn Sibley on social media recently. "We are offering our front-yard space for you as parents to place one sign or banner for your graduate ... any kind you like. Consider homemade, printed, include first name or picture ... whatever you choose to show your pride right on Central St. The CAC is a community center and we will always be available to celebrate and serve our residents."
Signs have already started to show up and the area is filling quickly. Plans are still in the making to celebrate in some unique way, but the honoring has begun.
Murdock High School has offered two options for graduating seniors. They indicated on a survey to be filled out by seniors and parents that in their mission to ensure the safety of all members of the graduating class, their families and faculty, and to also ensure that the exceptional importance of this time in the students' lives is kept, they narrowed choices down to two options asking both students and parents to indicate their preference.
It is important to note that if the state of Massachusetts deems that a large public gathering is not in the interest of public health as of July 31 (or if there is poor weather, July 31 and Aug. 2), Murdock will be unable to have a makeup date for the in-person graduation choice.
The first choice is a virtual high school graduation to be held on Sunday, June 7. The ceremony would include personal memories of each senior and would be televised on local access TV and also made available online.
The second option is an in-person, outdoor graduation to be held Friday, July 31, with all social distancing recommendations (rain date Aug. 2).
To fill out the survey, go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdhzh8N746fXjpXXCjTkEwsygENjTfyjr2-SIYYLJrhjcJJCQ/viewform.