Families Honor Maple Grove HS Seniors with Yard Signs
It’s uncertain yet how high schools will conduct commencement ceremonies for graduating seniors. Governor Tim Walz said last week he wouldn’t close the door on students returning to school this spring.
But in Maple Grove, families are doing their best to honor the Class of 2020 at Maple Grove High School. One example is displaying yard signs.
Bart Becker, principal of Maple Grove Senior High, said all the credit goes to the families.
“It’s a simple way to show you support our kids, to show them we miss them, we love them and we’re thinking of them,” said Becker.
Last week there were 200 signs ordered, according to Becker. He said that’s already one-third of the senior class.
“Families chimed in and offered vendor contacts, and there was even an upgraded design by another vendor,” Becker said.
One of those vendors is RPM Graphics, Inc. in Rogers. Owner Jenny Anderson-Giese told CCX News that she is making Class of 2020 yard signs for several schools including Maple Grove and Osseo.
Anderson-Giese is making the signs at a reduced rate when ordered in large quantities. Otherwise the signs are $15 each.
“We have been working with a few area schools for their DECA programs and other sports also,” Anderson-Giese said. “It is heartbreaking that so much is up in the air for something the high school seniors have worked so hard to achieve. I tried to design signs for them that they will be proud to display. We are #ALLINTHISTOGETHER.”
Principal Becker says the way families are responding to the pandemic sets an example for the students.
“The message I’ve been giving to the students, staff and families are that we have to choose to focus on what we can control,” said Becker.