LAKE COMO, NJ — Academic pride is flying high above Main Street in Lake Como for 16 graduating seniors who live in the borough.

Banners with their names, high schools — and for many, their destinations after graduation — have been placed along each side of the business district’s thoroughfare. Since they were put up last week, the roadside salute has received a resounding response from the community.

The idea was the brainchild of Mayor Kevin Higgins, a high school principal himself. “I have been talking for years about doing something for the students in Lake Como.  We are in a unique position of having all our students sent to other districts,” he said. “As a person in education and my wife being a teacher, I don’t think we have done enough in the past to recognize our students.”

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When schools closed in March because of the coronavirus crisis — and students faced the new challenges of remote instruction — Higgins decided there was no better time to make his idea a reality.

After receiving a list of all graduates from Lake Como School Business Administrator Michael Bardsley, Higgins began to contact their parents and schools for information and photos. The borough’s banner company was contacted, a design was chosen, and this week, the colorful banners were placed on the street poles by the borough’s Public Works team.

“Hopefully, this is something we can now do every year for our high school graduates,” Higgins said. “I think it is a great way for our community to come together to recognize the achievement for our graduating seniors."

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