Long Beach High School seniors and staff members alike were happy to see each other’s smiles on May 13 when they reconnected in person, albeit briefly and from a distance. In light of the pandemic’s impact on pre-graduation traditions, administrators and faculty members revitalized the students’ spirits as they personally delivered congratulatory lawn signs to more than 300 homes.
Approximately 50 teachers volunteered their time and all followed health and safety guidelines – wearing masks and staying more than six feet apart – while strengthening the sense of unity for the Class of 2020. Many students stepped outside to greet their teachers and wore attire that represents Long Beach or their college of choice. It was a heartfelt and bittersweet celebration for the staff, seniors and parents.
The signs, designed in the district’s traditional blue hues, were donated by the High School PTA. They are personalized with students’ names and state “Long Beach Class of 2020,” “Congratulations,” “LB Strong” and #SeniorStrong. They serve as a reminder that, while students and staff members miss being together at school, those throughout the district are together in their Long Beach pride, joyful memories and positive outlook for the future.