For many students of all ages, COVID-19 seems to have turned life upside down. No one knows that better than high school seniors. While many of them spent the year planning for a big finish at prom and graduation, the stay-at-home order changed things. That’s why the folks at the Tug Valley Convention and Visitor's Bureau came up with the Senior Class of 2020 Car Parade.
Giving Seniors a New Way To Celebrate
Executive Director of the CVB Wes Wilson gives all the credit to CVB Vice President Tonya Webb. “She reached out to me and Mayor Hatfield with the idea several weeks ago, as she had seen how much the class of 2020 had been affected by the COVID-19 Crisis,” He says. “We all felt like this was an awesome idea to pull off a parade and be able to do it safely given the guidelines that currently exist.”
On June 6, students from Belfry High School, Tug Valley High School, and Mingo Central High School will be invited to participate in the car parade. Students are encouraged to decorate their vehicles however they like, including in school spirit colors and poster boards with information about them.
There will be guidelines in place to ensure the safety of those participating and those in attendance. Graduates are asked to ride in their own vehicle or with family members, and they will be expected to stay in their vehicles throughout the parade to ensure everyone’s safety. Those who plan to view the parade will be expected to wear masks and respect the 6-feet apart rule. The parade is set to begin at 6pm. Those participating are asked to line up by 5:15pm at Sazon Mexican Restaurant in Williamson. If you are a graduate interested in learning more about the parade, visit the event Facebook page for more information.
For more information about the Tug Valley area CVB you can find them on the web at https://www.visitcoalcountry.org/ and on Facebook.