- Seaford Union Free School District
Spirit Remains Strong for Seaford Seniors
Although they cannot be together in person, Seaford High School seniors remain united as a class through the COVID-19 pandemic. Class of 2020 officers meet digitally at least once a week to share ideas that keep their connections strong.
Throughout the community, front doors, windows and porches have been decorated at the seniors’ homes to celebrate their accomplishments, mark the activities that have defined their high school careers and highlight their personal interests and ambitions. It became a family project, with parents and siblings getting involved to create fitting tributes to the seniors. Decorations, many of which were stuck to green backgrounds, included pictures, jerseys, Class of 2020 signs and the logos of the colleges they will attend.
“It was a nice way to generate pride in the community,” class Treasurer Kelsey Conti said. “It was great to see everyone participate and it gave some energy to the seniors in a difficult time.”
The class officers are creating a weekly newsletter that is electronically shared with all seniors. The first edition of the newsletter included inspirational quotes from the class officers and announced the door decorating contest while the following week included photos of the doors.
Seniors Nicole Amato and James Padavan created an Instagram account that spotlights the futuree plans for the Class of 2020. Each student could submit a picture along with his or her college selection and expected major, which Nicole and James turned into a collage and posted on the @SeafordClassof20 page.
“It’s important because it gives recognition to all of the seniors,” class Secretary Ally McMahon said.
Class Vice President Max Newman noted the kind deed of a Seaford High School staff member, aide Teri Walsh, who has baked cookies for each senior on his or her birthday since school has closed. For the traditional senior class gift, a donation will be made to the CDC Foundation for the COVID-19 emergency response fund.
Senior class advisers Kim Flood and Shari Raduazzo noted that some more senior recognition activities are in the works, with a few surprises planned.
Added senior class President Jessica Kofod, “Since a lot of the events we have all been looking forward to are being changed, it’s important for us to stick together and keep the energy up, to show that we are not going to let this situation take away from our senior experience.”