By Aisha Sander
May 15, 2020
The Class of 2020 has their pictures on banners around the town of Patagonia. A surprise gift from the teachers and parents in the community. Photo credit: Robert Gay

A few weeks ago like many other teachers around the country, Anna Coleman, teacher and the director of Patagonia Youth Enrichment Center (PYEC), was thinking how she can honor and celebrate this year’s graduating class. 

Coleman had an idea to print their pictures on banners and display them on the electric poles around the town of Patagonia. She shared her idea with Journee Hayes, the English teacher from the Patagonia Union High School (PUHS), and they took the steps to make this happen. They enlisted the help of Angelica Lucero, the Business Manager of PUHS, who designed the banners. The Parent Teacher Booster Club (PTBC) funded the printing of the banners for the senior class of 2020. They were put on display this week all around Patagonia as a surprise gift to the graduating class of 2020. 

Coleman also thought to include all the college graduates in this acknowledgment. Many parents were able to pay for their child’s poster and others were covered by generous donations. 

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Though these banners do not make up for the loss of celebrating the milestone of graduation in the traditional way it shows, as Coleman said, that “We all love these kids”. “Journee and I have had many tearful conversations about these kids. Even though we know high school doesn’t define who we are as adults but it is a memorable time in our lives,” said Coleman.