By Cindy Zomar, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – The front lawn of Marlborough’s historic Frank D. Walker Building on Main Street has often been a somber scene, displaying flags for veterans and purple markers for opioid crisis victims. This week, it is quite the opposite as the joyful pictures of all 255 members of Marlborough High’s class of 2020 are displayed in a colorful array for all to see. A group of volunteers gathered early in the morning on May 13 to set up the display, just one of the creative ways that the Marlborough Public Schools have chosen to recognize and celebrate the graduating class.
Previously, volunteers traveled throughout the city and placed bright orange and black lawn signs at the homes and apartments of each senior, announcing that a member of the class of 2020 lived there. Apartment complexes had a plethora of signs on the lawn, one for each senior.
“This wraps up our activities until graduation on June 6 and 7. We’re using John G. Noble Field (behind Whitcomb). We will run a series of mini ceremonies outside. Rain dates are June 13 and 14,” announced Dan Riley, Marlborough High School principal.
High school seniors throughout the country have been waiting for news about their graduations, proms, awards events, etc., as each school district grapples with the current COVID- 19 restrictions on public events and social distancing. Decisions and dates announced too soon could end up changing or canceling altogether as new rules and virus outbreaks occur across the country, It has been a stressful waiting game for all, coming after a semester of forced online learning and stay at home orders, not what any high school senior had in mind for the culmination of their high school career.