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Saturday, June 6, 2020
PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCHVolunteers lined up at Parkland High School to receive lawn signs for graduating seniors. Jill Troutman, wife of the Parkland Assistant Superintendent Rodney Troutman, and Parkland Education Foundation board member Karen Pfeiffer stand near their cars waiting to receive the signs. PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCHVolunteers lined up at Parkland High School to receive lawn signs for graduating seniors. Jill Troutman, wife of the Parkland Assistant Superintendent Rodney Troutman, and Parkland Education Foundation board member Karen Pfeiffer stand near their cars waiting to receive the signs.
ABOVE: After attaching stakes to the signs and laying them on a blanket, Christina Hayward, her daughter, Julia, and Erin Reede organize them for delivery. Christina is the mom of soon-to-be graduate Mason Hayward. Erin is the mother of Asher Reede.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH ABOVE: After attaching stakes to the signs and laying them on a blanket, Christina Hayward, her daughter, Julia, and Erin Reede organize them for delivery. Christina is the mom of soon-to-be graduate Mason Hayward. Erin is the mother of Asher Reede.PRESS PHOTOS BY ANITA HIRSCH
Eight hundred signs were delivered and placed in front of the homes of graduates. This sign is for Angel Santos, Class of 2020. Eight hundred signs were delivered and placed in front of the homes of graduates. This sign is for Angel Santos, Class of 2020.
Dad Dante Vidal proudly and happily stands in front of the sign for his daughter, Maya, a soon-to-be 2020 Parkland High School graduate. Dad Dante Vidal proudly and happily stands in front of the sign for his daughter, Maya, a soon-to-be 2020 Parkland High School graduate.
Asher Reede, Parkland Class of 2020, stands near the congratulatory sign in front of his house. Asher Reede, Parkland Class of 2020, stands near the congratulatory sign in front of his house.
LEFT: Parkland High School graduating senior Mason Hayward stands next to his lawn sign.PRESS PHOTO COURTESY LEANNE HIRSCH LEFT: Parkland High School graduating senior Mason Hayward stands next to his lawn sign.PRESS PHOTO COURTESY LEANNE HIRSCH

Education foundation recognizes graduating seniors with lawn signs

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 by ANITA HIRSCH Special to The Press in Local News

The Parkland Education Foundation wanted to do something special for the 800 graduating seniors this year.

With the possibility there would not be a formal graduation ceremony or a senior prom due to the coronavirus pandemic and quarantine, the education foundation partnered with the high school to purchase graduation lawn signs for all the seniors.

Executive Director Lisa Ervin and the board wanted to show the seniors how the community supports them and to recognize their accomplishments.

Volunteers, including teachers, administrators, education foundation board members and South Whitehall police met at the high school May 7 to pick up the signs and then distribute them to the yards of seniors.

The 40 who signed up to distribute the signs received approximately 20 signs to deliver.

Ervin and her team organized the routes for the volunteers to be in their neighborhood.

Volunteers placed the signs and stakes in the backs of the vehicles parked in the front of the high school.

They were given the signs and a list of names and addresses.

Delivery to the Class of 2020 seniors was completed by May 9.