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TEACHERS SAY FAREWELL WITH SENIOR CLASS CAR PARADE

Bright blue skies and warm temperatures were the backdrop for an afternoon of revelry as Wantagh High School teachers lined the school’s driveway with their decorated cars to host a car parade for the Class of 2020, held on May 15. Everyone who attended practiced social distancing, but the spirit and joy of graduation season still resonated as each of the seniors passed through the tunnel of cars to the honk of horns and shouts of congratulations from faculty and administration.

Senior class adviser Alex Grange, who planned the end-of-year event with teachers Heather Naughton and Sean Naughton, explained that the teachers wanted to make the day special, especially since senior activities have been canceled or modified due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We wanted to see the kids and tell them how much we love, support and miss them,” Ms. Grange said.

Students were encouraged to decorate their cars with balloons, signs and information about the college they will be attending in the fall. The students also wore their college shirts to celebrate the next chapter in their lives. Many of the students were driven by family members and some were even accompanied by the family pet.

“This parade was completely teacher-driven,” Assistant Principal Nick Pappas said. “They wanted to create a way to say goodbye to the seniors, who have been a part of the district for the past 13 years. They really miss the students and this was a great opportunity for all to get together.”