This past year has been nothing any of us anticipated, and one fully felt by our high school seniors. How do we acknowledge the loss while finding the positive?
Listen and empathize
These amazing young people have been anticipating their Senior year: hanging out with friends, going to the movies, Homecoming, just to name a few rites of passage. Some are feeling the loss of these cherished activities deeply. By listening, we show them they are not alone.
Celebrate outside the box
There are many ways to support, encourage and celebrate our seniors. In lieu of a dance, host a bonfire and s'mores event (masked and socially distanced, of course). Other fun ideas to try: special goodie bags with pre-packaged items, a picture wall of the seniors in a special spot for all to see, 2021 class items like stickers, lanyards, etc. Be creative!
Help them leave a legacy
As the seniors work through their loss and press through tough times, they leave a legacy of persistence and perseverance for younger students. This is an amazing example to the younger classes which will leave a lasting impression for years to come.
As we celebrate our seniors through listening, honoring and encouraging them, we help them reach their goals: the end of their high school years and into adventures that await.
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Carla Towery is a Kindergarten teacher with Santiam Christian Schools.