IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five celebrated the class of 2020 with another fun parade at middle schools across the district.
Last year, School District Five Superintendent, Dr. Christina Melton, started a tradition of having seniors return to their elementary schools to walk the halls and be honored and celebrated by their former teachers and current elementary students.
To continue this tradition in a new way and observe social distancing guidelines, School District Five hosted senior drive-thrus at middle schools during the week of May 18. Similar to our senior supply pick-up, our Senior Parade 2.0 events included music, photography, décor, and school staff cheering on the Class of 2020.
“It is so important that we continue to celebrate the Class of 2020 because they have persevered and shown grit and determination during these trying times,” said Dr. Christina Melton. “I hope these parades remind the graduates that they are part of the District Five family and they will always have the support of this community.”
The class of 2020 was encouraged to decorate their cars and come to one of the district’s middle schools for a parade where their former elementary, intermediate, middle and even high school teachers and staff members cheered them on. Spring Hill High senior Leah Doty was grateful for the event and appreciated the gesture.
“I am so glad that the district decided to continue this tradition especially since things are so crazy right now,” Doty said. “I feel appreciated and it was fun to see my former teachers wishing me luck.”
All Chapin, Dutch Fork, Irmo and Spring Hill seniors were encouraged to decorate their cars and participate, even if they joined the district as a secondary school student. Dutch Fork High senior Tenley Hartford joined the district as a middle school student and was happy to be invited to attend the parade.
“A lot of my middle school teachers really helped me when I first came to the district and I wanted to see them today,” Hartford said. “It’s pretty awesome that they did this for all the seniors since so much has been taken away from us because of the coronavirus.”
Dutch Fork Middle School held their parade on Tuesday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Chapin Middle School held theirs on Thursday, May 21 and Irmo Middle held their parade on Friday, May 22 during the same time slot.