RANDOLPH, NJ- At 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 17, many homes in Randolph will light up with luminaries honoring the 5th Graders and 8th Graders as they prepare to take a big step forward, and “Move Up” to the next level of their schooling. All students in the above mentioned grades received a luminary to place out in front of their house for a town wide lighting on Wednesday eve.  

The end of the 2020 school year certainly has been an unprecedented one not only in Randolph but across the country as schools shut down and moved to remote “at home” learning due to the COVID-19 world pandemic.  The PTO for all four Elementary Schools and Randolph Middle School came up with an idea to honor the 5th And 8th Graders, both of whom saw the end of their time in their respective schools cut short, missing out on spring events that typically culminate the end of a special year.

The "Lighting The Way to a Brighter Future" effort was planned and spearheaded by Fran Tighe, Keri Sawyer, Nancy Paladino, and Jenn Freeman, Cheryl Glory, but as noted by them all, it would not have been possible without the entire PTO and the many parent volunteers helping out. 

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Also, at 9:00 PM on Wednesday, the community at large is invited and encouraged to step outside their front door, and participate in a town wide “Clap and Cheer” for the 2020 High School Graduates. 

A Poem attached to the luminary for the Middle School Students read:

A Shared Light, A Shared Night

Dear RMS Class of 2020, each of you shine bright apart, yet together, you share this special night. Each in your own way, is traveling an important road. Tonight, gather together and help increase the glow In the night sky, share your own unique flame. But know, to the RMS class of 2020 forever belongs your name. One class united in promise take time to say goodbye. We wish you, the RMS class of 2020, Roots as a reminder and wings to help you fly.