Making Connections with School Parades

Making Connections with School Parades
Posted on 06/01/2020
From the Class of 2020 Senior Parade to the “reverse parades” held at each of Hicksville’s school buildings, it was clear – all in attendance felt an overwhelming sense of what it meant to be a school community again. Each school invited faculty and staff to meet on school grounds while parents and students drove past. There were cars festooned with balloons, posters of every size and shape, streamers, and students and teachers waving, horns honking, cheers as students, parents and teachers recognized each other, and big, broad smiles, not even the masks could hide. For a brief time, our school communities were united.

At the high school, the Class of 2020 led a robust vehicle parade along Division Avenue as faculty and staff stood along the lawn and street in front of the school. “The core and fiber of education is rooted in connection,” shared Principal Raymond Williams. “Connectivity ignites motivation and motivation leads to success. The Senior Parade in all its simplicity recaptured the connectivity that is essential for a school community to thrive. It's the feeling of belonging, the feeling that one matters, the feeling that the #Class of 2020 Is Not Cancelled.” 

Indeed, Graduation for the Class of 2020 will take place as scheduled on June 27th with a hybrid ceremony designed to keep everyone safe. A virtual ceremony will be available at 9 a.m. followed by a vehicle parade of seniors who will wear their caps and gowns as they are awarded their diplomas at the front of the school. Official senior portraits will be taken of each graduate with Principal Williams, Superintendent of Schools Marianne Litzman, and a Board of Education member.

Many thanks to the parents, students and staff who participated in the parade, and to the Nassau County Police Department for helping us to conduct our parade safely!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and all HHS students for making us so proud!