by Nancy Ohringer
Through the generosity of the GDRSD Art and Athletic Boosters and the Community Children’s Fund, and organized by senior parent Kristen Cianci, lawn signs were distributed to members of the GDRHS Class of 2020 May 5 to display in front of their homes in order to be recognized during this very difficult time of remote learning during their senior spring. “It is very gratifying that these three organizations reached out to Principal Woodlock and me about providing this recognition for our seniors who are going to miss many of the traditional celebrations of their high school achievements,” said Superintendent Laura Chesson.
In a letter to all senior parents, the superintendent provided these important guidelines to follow. “Unfortunately, given the seriousness of the current health crisis, there are certain steps that must be followed in a very strict fashion. I wish that we could celebrate this joyous event with all the merriment it deserves, but we must follow social distancing guidelines that will keep everyone - including our senior class, those handing out signs and the volunteers who have organized this wonderful event - safe. Pick-up will be in the “bus circle” in front of Middle School South.
To avoid major traffic issues on Route 119, we have assigned each student to a specific 15-minute time slot, arriving in a very organized way, and in alphabetical order. Everyone must remain in their cars. Once a senior has picked up his/her sign, the seniors unfortunately must immediately leave the school grounds. We do not have parking for the 186 seniors plus well-wishers on the Main Street campus.”
“It has been a great honor to be the class advisor for the Class of 2020,” said Jeannie Erickson, Groton resident and long-time teacher at the high school and this year’s senior class advisor. “This talented class contains some of the most respectful and talented students I have worked with during my career. The talents of the Class of 2020 are vast and their spirit is great. This year’s graduation may not be as expected, but what is expected is that these wonderful kids will do many great and amazing things in the years to come.”