BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ—The Township of Berkeley Heights, in partnership with the Governor Livingston High School administration and the Board of Education, will help honor graduating seniors this June. The Township Department of Public Works will hang banners featuring seniors’ photos, school and Class of 2020 along well-trafficked Township roadways.
“There are over 270 senior graduating from Governor Livingston High School; 196 of them reside in Berkeley Heights. We also have a number of high school seniors who attend schools from outside of the district as well. It is important to honor them in light of the global pandemic,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “As the mom of one of these seniors, I know firsthand how heartbreaking it is for them – and their parents – to lose their senior year. They have all lost their prom, Spring seasons and activities, as well as graduation. These banners will be hung by June 18th—the date of the original graduation – as a way to celebrate them and all of their accomplishments. We will not let COVID take this moment from them, too.”
The Governor Livingston High School administration and senior parents have been working with Clear Point Designs in New Providence to purchase banners for graduates to be hung in downtown Berkeley Heights and Mountainside. Families purchased banners for $40 and had the choice to display a photo or the GL logo alongside the graduates’ name. At this time, we have over 180 banners ordered.
Currently, Hometown Heroes banners, highlighting the veterans of Berkeley Heights, hang on light poles from Springfield, Plainfield, Park and Sherman avenues. After Memorial Day, the Township DPW will remove the Hometown Heroes banners, which are stored and placed on poles again before Veteran’s Day in November. Normally, seasonal banners hang on the poles during the summer months; but this year the senior banners will take their place.
During these difficult times, the Township is trying to find creative ways to help all of our residents endure the hardship of the stay-at-home and social distancing rules.
“We are very disappointed that we cannot honor our graduates in the way they deserve. However, we appreciate the Berkeley Heights Township's help and willingness to partner to ensure our students are recognized throughout the streets of Berkeley Heights,” said Berkeley Heights School District Superintendent Dr. Melissa Varley. “The Township has taken this idea and made it a reality. Mountainside has also displayed due diligence to have our students recognized throughout their town. I am so grateful for all the help both townships have given us in this endeavor.”