The spring season of senior year at St. Thomas Aquinas is traditionally very busy. In addition to finishing up school projects and deciding on a college, STA senior students are usually busy making final memories with their classmates. Prom, Coffeehouse, Senior Retreat, Senior Service Day and Last Blast are only some of the many activities on the St. Thomas Aquinas High School calendar each year that make seniors' "last hurrah" special and celebratory.
And so when Covid-19 conditions rendered that remote learning would continue throughout the end of this school year, a collective sigh of disappointment could almost be heard circulating through the Seacoast. Like every other high school senior this year, our St. Thomas Aquinas Saints knew that their senior slide was going to feel more like an uphill climb- and one that they would have to ascend alone, isolated from their friends.
Sympathetic to the students' disappointment and wanting to acknowledge the tremendous pride and joy that STA holds for the Class of 2020, Principal Kevin Collins arranged to have special yard signs created. A group of faculty, staff, and administrators then traveled to 35 different towns on Sunday to deliver a sign to each and every senior Saint.
As always, the joy was in the giving. "I had a fantastic day," said Richard Greenslade, Administrative Service Coordinator. "I am very grateful to have been asked to participate."
While the Class of 2020's reality is very different from previous students' experiences, St. Thomas Aquinas continues to remain true to its mission that every child feel supported and cherished. And although yard signs are only a small token, we hope that each and every Saint feels recognized, celebrated, and loved.
*Special gratitude to Peter Liberti, father of Isabelle '20, for the creation of the yard signs.