More than 400 caps, gowns and “Panther Proud” lawn signs have been delivered to Quakertown Community High School seniors in what has been described as “an entire community rallying behind our students.”
The words belong to Principal Mattias van’t Hoenderdaal, who thanked his administrative team, teachers, counselors, support staff, fire companies and the Levy School Bus Co. for an effort that has left everyone with positive memories.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a challenging time as all schools in Pennsylvania have been shut down by orders of the governor, administrators held several meetings with students and parents seeking ways to bring some Pomp and Circumstance to those who have missed out on senior year activities.
“This could not have been done without everyone involved,” Mr. V said. “The whole community came out and has been so supportive and so patient as this amazing event was planned.”
He said as fire trucks entered neighborhoods, families came out of their homes and stood on their lawns to cheer for the seniors. “It was really a big to-do,” Mr. V said. “There were so many happy faces.”
Assistant Principal Jennifer Carolla said the two days of deliveries “was such an awesome thing to be a part of! Loved it!”
On Facebook, where several hundred people liked the post of the QCHS effort, former Principal Mario Galante wrote: “Great job! Giving the students a celebration of their success is very important! Kudos to the administrative team!!!”
Special education teacher Rachelle Quinter said that participating in the delivery “was one of the highlights of my career. It was so moving to see everyone come together as a community for the seniors.”