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Drive-by Graduation

School community members can drive by the school and wave at / honk for graduating students who are standing 12 ft apart along the driveway.

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My cousin's school is working with the local police department to celebrate graduating 6th graders in a socially-distanced safe way during this important milestone in their lives that they have been anticipating for months. The students and their families drive to school, park, and line up at a distance along the school driveway. Then members of the community and lower classmates are invited to drive by and wave, honk, and generally celebrate the grads.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

I think this example demonstrates how community can more deeply support and be intertwined with schools, and so I'd hope to leave in the past some of the transactional, siloed nature of school vs community.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am a family member of an 11 year old and have been inspired by the way her school is bringing joy in novel ways during this time.

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

Honolulu, USA

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Hi Natalia. What a great idea! It is inspiring to see communities come together to celebrate graduates at this time! Another approach I read about in the news is about towns that have placed banners around town, with images of each graduate, to honor students' achievements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDSBd0i8fbo
https://www.news9.com/story/5e9e0e437c6d3a5d636caa67/small-town-honors-high-school-seniors-in-big-way

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So inspiring Bettina Fliegel ! It is amazing how such acts are helping connect communities in a deeper way and bringing amount moments for towns/homes to feel proud even during this time. I'm curious your thoughts how we might cultivate such actions for longterm:)

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Hi Isaac. Hi Natalia.
Great and hard question! I have been thinking about it since I read it earlier today. What I have noticed during these difficult days is people coming together to take action, getting creative to help out. I imagine one way ideas that celebrate graduates might move forward is through partnerships in local communities. In the USA there is a group called the Parent Teacher Association, PTA, where parents are active in their children's school community. Perhaps local PTA groups might partner with local businesses, and law enforcement, to develop and support these initiatives. Thoughts? (Are schools closed in your area too?)

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Yes , the schools are also closed here Bettina Fliegel ! I like the idea around looking into partnerships between local communities and the PTA. Most schools graduate in June or December. I will share insights on how the experience will be like

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Hi Isaac.
Just to clarify are you sharing the idea with schools in Nairobi? Will be interesting to learn what they might plan to honor their students!

I just read this article describing what a local New York City high school has done to honor their senior graduating class. The school is in Brooklyn, NY. The school administration has taken each graduate's yearbook photo, copied and laminated them, and posted them on a fence that surrounds the school. Another very nice idea! The idea seems to have been well received by students at the school, as the article ends with the school Principal being quoted saying that the junior class, graduating in 2021, are already asking if they can do this next year!
(The article shares some what some other schools are doing around the USA as well.)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/nyregion/coronavirus-high-school-graduations-2020.html

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