GLEN ROCK, NJ – With June fast approaching, and no in-person ceremony permitted, a group of parents banded together with Glen Rock educators for a nice gesture to help send off the senior class.
In Glen Rock, much like the rest of New Jersey and much of the country, the district set-up a tribute to honor students whose final year in high school was upended by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Tuesday evening, May 19, banners for each of the 162 graduating seniors were installed outside the high school, along Radburn Road, according to Glen Rock High School Principal John Arlotta.
Creating the banners, which are a first for the high school, was an idea by several parents, who also volunteered to hang them, he said. The district purchased the banners, the principal added.
Due to the public health emergency, seniors across the state have missed out on coming of age traditions, like prom, as K-12 schools were closed as part of an effort to combat the outbreak.
Besides honoring graduates virtually next month, district officials said they are committed to scheduling an in-person ceremony once gatherings are deemed lawful and safe.