Seaford High School seniors got a special, socially distant send-off on June 1, returning to the place where they made so many memories in the last four years until the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools. Teachers, coaches and administrators lined the parking lot to cheer for the soon-to-be graduates as they passed through in a car parade.
One by one, cars entered the north parking lot under an arch of green and white balloons. After being greeted by Principal Scott Bersin, each car went up one lane and down the other. At the halfway point were Superintendent Dr. Adele Pecora and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction John Striffolino to extend their warm wishes. Teachers from all four Seaford schools stood at spots marked 15 feet apart, cheering, waving and holding up signs, with “I miss you” and “Good luck” among the most commonly shouted phrases as the seniors passed by.
Seniors were driven by family members so they could soak in the moment and make those personal connections with their teachers, even if it was from a distance. Parents and siblings were equally thrilled to be a part of the fanfare. As the cars headed back out to Seaman’s Neck Road, seniors could look for their pictures on the fence along the north side of the school property.
While May 1 is typically National College Decision Day, this year it was moved to June 1 due to the pandemic. Seniors decorated their cars to celebrate the colleges they will attend in the fall, with some students going as far away as Alabama and Florida.