CHATHAM, NJ - As the Chatham High advisor to the Class of 2020, Laura Scerbo went to the students to see what kind of event they'd like have when their senior year was abruptly cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The one regret Scerbo kept hearing from the seniors was that they never had one last day of school to see their teachers and classmates. The remedy was the "CHS Senior Clap Out" that took place Tuesday afternoon at Chatham High.
"I'm the senior class advisor and I'm usually planning a prom, planning a picnic, planning end-of-the-year events and when this all happened, pretty much everything was cancelled," Scerbo said.
"I had done a survey, asking the kids what kind of things we could do and one of the things they repeatedly said was that they thought they'd have another day in school to see their teachers one more day. And, of course, the teachers wanted to see them. So, me and four of my colleagues came up with this plan and I said to them, I'm going to reach out to the parents and see if they want to help and it just snowballed."
The Chatham Education Association, led by, left to right in photo below, Scerbo, Candace Hull, Cindy Gagliardi, Kaitlin Sleight and Christine Mahoney, put together the event with the help of the Chatham High PTO and local businesses.
Students drove through the drop-off area at Chatham High and received goodie bags and gifts while the teachers held up signs and cheered them on. The Chatham Township Fire Department hung a congratulatory sign from its extended ladders.