Creating Lasting Memories

Creating Lasting Memories
Two Washington Township residents come together to create a special message for the class of 2020.

Washington Township residents Gina Malec and Amy McCullough did not know each other prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but now they are working together to bring a little bit of joy to graduating seniors who are missing out on the rite of passage of walking across the stage to receive their high school diploma.
Malec saw how other school districts both near and far were doing graduation events where the community would celebrate the seniors. She scoured the internet looking for something similar happening in her town, but there was nothing. Through an educational group, Malec met McCullough and the two joined forces to start the Washington Township Adopt a Senior 2020 Facebook page. 
I have two kids, one is a sophomore at the high school and the other is in sixth grade, and I was just thinking about what I would do if my son was a senior,” says Malec. I wanted them to know that their accomplishment was worthwhile and to hear about all their future plans and where they want to go to college.” 
The Facebook page allows parents, friends and family members to create tributes posts for the class of 2020 and to showcase all of their achievements. 
The parents are really proud of their kids as they should be, graduating high school is a huge accomplishment and that’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this,” Malec adds. I am so impressed with how this community has come together for these kids and I know that some people might see that this is quite simple with everything else that’s going on but this has really brought such joy to so many people. Not just the students but those that have adopted the seniors and I’m so happy to be a part of this town and see how everyone has come together.”

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