LIVINGSTON, NJ — Members of the Livingston Township Council, Livingston Police Department (LPD) and Livingston Fire Department (LFD) joined members of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE) and other Livingston Public Schools (LPS) administrators in surprising Livingston High School (LHS) seniors at their homes with special packages on Monday morning to help the seniors celebrate the beginning of the end of their high school careers.
Noting that this has been “a difficult and uncertain spring” for Livingston’s seniors, LHS Principal Mark Stern proclaimed that it is time for the community to “start celebrating the Class of 2020” and urged the seniors to embrace the moments they have left.
“Our seniors have been outstanding for the past four years at Livingston High School, and it was great to connect with so many of them today as we kicked off their graduation season,” said Stern. “We cannot thank the members of the Livingston Town Council, Board of Education, Fire Department and Police Department enough for joining Dr. Matthew Block, Mrs. Steiger and our high school team to deliver the senior caps and gowns. It was a true town-wide celebration.”
More than 20 volunteers joined Stern in delivering packages to the seniors on Monday, LPS Superintendent of Schools Dr. Matthew Block; Assistant Superintendent Lisa Steiger; LBOE President Ronnie Konner; LBOE members Buddy August and Pamela Chirls; LHS Assistant Principals Marjorie Duffy and Mary Kate Pretto; and LHS Dean of Students Amro Mohammed.
Block stated that Monday’s delivery was “one of [his] best days in the last three months” and that the seniors deserve the recognition.
Other local dignitaries included in the delivery procession were Mayor Rudy Fernandez; council members Ed Meinhardt and Michael Vieira; Sgt. Michael Herbert and other LPD officers; and Fire Chief Chris Mullin, Assistant Chief Kevin Francione and other LFD firefighters.
The mayor and council expressed gratitude toward the LBOE for extending the invitation to them to participate in what Meinhardt described as a “feel-good event.” Vieira added that he enjoyed seeing the seniors smile “despite what they have experienced during the last few months.”
In addition to their caps, gowns and any applicable honor cords and stoles, the seniors also received a Class of 2020 banner as a gift from the LHS Home and School Association (HSA) and Graduation Mask Covers as a gift from the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF).
Any parents or seniors with photos from this event are encouraged to share them to firstname.lastname@example.org.