Westfield High School seniors were surprised to find teachers they have only seen during virtual lessons over the past two months arriving at their homes on May 27 to deliver lawn signs.
“The seniors are still waiting to find out when they will be able to have a ‘live’ graduation so we wanted to do something to make them feel special. It epitomizes the spirit of Westfield to have the teachers, the Westfield Police Department, the Board of Education and the Department of Public Works all come together to celebrate these kids,” says WHS PTSO co-president Monica Bergin about the PTSO-organized event. “The teachers were excited to help out and more than 60 volunteered to be part of the six delivery teams.”
"It is great seeing how supportive the WHS teachers and community as a whole are during this difficult time,” says senior Aiden Kilbourn.
Bergin says the parent organization has a number of additional surprises planned for the seniors. The PTSO sells the senior lawn signs each year to raise money to provide items not included in the school’s budget. Financial assistance is offered to ensure every student is able to have a sign to celebrate his/her graduation.
"It was a wonderful surprise to see my teachers and I loved seeing all the decorated cars,” adds 12th grader Madeline Stack. “It made me and all the other students feel really special."
Parent Beata Krowinska called the lawn sign delivery “an amazing moment for many WHS students.” “I didn’t see that much excitement in my daughter’s face for a long time,” she writes in an email to WHS principal Mary Asfendis to thank all involved in the event. “Marcelina felt so special when she saw two of her favorite teachers standing and clapping for her. This experience will last forever.”
Asfendis thanked the PTSO for “initiating and planning this amazing community event,” the Westfield Police Department for the “hours coordinating and leading our routes,” and the Westfield Department of Public Works for providing vehicles for the delivery caravans.
“I can speak for all of the the Westfield staff in saying it was a highlight of our year to celebrate this amazing class,” Asfendis says. “We were so excited to see our students and share in the joy of their graduation from Westfield High School.”
“The smiles on the faces of our seniors says it all,” says Superintendent Dr. Margaret Dolan. “It is gratifying to see the Westfield community come together to create special experiences for the Class of 2020, even as we continue to adhere to social distancing rules during this extraordinary time.”