SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each member of the high school’s senior class will soon receive a lawn sign, courtesy of the South Plainfield Education Association (SPEA).
‘The Class of 2020 needs some uplifting, more than any other class,” said SPEA President Diana Joffe, noting that due to the coronavirus crisis, the senior class will mostly likely not get many of the acclamations they have waited for or get to experience such rites of passage as Project Graduation, prom, and more. “We are cognizant that those periods of joy, fun and celebration may not happen and we just want to let them know that we feel for them.”
“The signs are a small, uplifting gesture,” added Sandy Doyon, vice president of SPEA. “We just felt it was important to do something for our senior class because they are missing so much.”
According to Joffe, the union will fund the cost of the lawn signs for each of the high school's 200-plus seniors. Over the coming weeks, the signs, which state ‘#allinthistogether, Class of 2020, We Are Tiger Strong’ were created by AKA and are being funded by SPEA at no cost to the students and their families.
“We are in the middle of a pandemic and while it is not a big gesture it is a little reminder on their lawn to show them how much we appreciate and love them and that we are proud of them and know how they are feeling,” said Joffe.
Additionally, SPEA will also be erecting congratulatory ‘#weareallinthistogether - Tiger Strong’ signs in random locations throughout the borough to recognize all of South Plainfield students during this difficult time. Those signs will go up after the seniors each get theirs.
“Our students are all working so hard and this is all so new for them. We want them all to know we recognize all that they are doing,” said Joffe.
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