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A High School Principal Celebrated Her Graduating Class With a "Monument" of Portraits

陌陌飞艇多少币Principal Farica West of Poplar Springs High School in Graceville, Florida, created a portrait display of the school's graduating seniors to celebrate their accomplishments after ceremonies were postponed due to COVID-19.

high school principal celebrates graduating class with portrait display
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陌陌飞艇多少币When Poplar Springs High School Principal Farica West found out that the rest of the school year was cancelled, she prayed. The graduating class of seniors — many of whom had attended the K-12 school in Graceville, Florida since kindergarten — had just had their senior prom taken from them, and it looked like their graduation ceremony would be next. So Principal West prayed.

Her husband kept asking "what are we going to do for these kids?" “I said, ‘I’m praying on it, and when God gives me the answer, I will get back to you,’” West told Woman’s Day. “I will know when I know what I’m supposed to do.”

陌陌飞艇多少币And one night, an idea came to her in a dream: She would build a monument of sorts dedicated to the class of 2020; a series of their portraits, each outlined in the school’s colors of red and blue. Because Principal West isn’t the kind of woman to let a good idea sit without turning it into a plan, she reached out to the senior photo photographer to explain the concept, and received the banners shortly after. From there, with her husband and son, she spent Good Friday methodically measuring, spacing, nailing in support posts, and displaying the images of the soon-to-be high school graduates along the dirt road in front of Poplar Springs.

high school principal celebrates graduating class with portrait display
Each graduating senior has their photo banner proudly displayed along the drive leading up to Poplar Springs High School
Farica West

“I personally laid each banner out myself,” West said. “And I prayed over each one. They’ve made it through three major weather events unscathed. Those banners have stood firm, and I believe that’s because I prayed over each one as I put them up.”

The display of the 30 seniors has garnered quite a bit of attention, and West says she’s received handwritten letters and emails from around the world. “In one day, I received a letter from Honolulu and Long Island,” she said. “It’s been really touching. I had no idea when I did that, I was just doing a small gesture of love and hope for my students and community, and instead it spanned the globe.” One grandmother in New York wrote to West, “thank you for recognizing seniors and giving people across the country hope.” A retired educator from Pennsylvania penned, “you’ve put a ribbon on the ashes your young students are experiencing, well done.”

“This generation of kids needs to feel loved during this, and whatever ways it looks like in our different communities, they need to know they’re supported, they’re lifted up, they’re loved,” West said. “I’m not one of those people who thinks every kid should get a trophy, I don’t. But this is an entirely different matter, when they have worked and earned this. They have gone through all the steps, they’ve jumped the hoops, they met the expectations, and they were just getting to the point where this chapter was about to get good. So I decided to rewrite the story. I wasn’t going to let COVID-19 pick the ending for these kids. Since then, I’ve set about doing just that.”

high school principal celebrates graduating class with portrait display
Many of the students at Poplar Springs High School have been going there since kindergarten, or have had relatives who have also attended the school.
Farica West

For now, the seniors still won’t have a prom, and their graduation ceremony is postponed. There will be a socially distant parade of cars to celebrate them, and some other surprises West has worked hard to procure. But the monument to the students’ hard work and the pride the community takes in them continues to stand outside Poplar Springs, and West will keep praying and working hard to make sure these students know that she’s in their corner.

陌陌飞艇多少币“When they finish the school year, I want it to be well within their soul,” West said. “I want them to have peace about it. I want them to know they were loved.”

high school principal celebrates graduating class with portrait display
Principal West continues to work hard to make sure the seniors of Poplar Springs know they’re loved.
Mattox Studios
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