By: Susan Gum // June 4th, 2020 // Stories
As the 2019-2020 school year draws to a close at Delmarva Christian Schools, many of the school’s traditions have had to be altered. For instance, in lieu of commencement exercises for the 8th graders, Milton Campus teachers and staff organized a two-day 8th-Grade Parade to celebrate the students and their accomplishments.
“The Parade was the brainchild of our Science Teacher Miss Julie Eckels,” said Admissions and Events Coordinator Alison Kristunas. “We started by arriving at the school at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, to decorate our vehicles with inspiring messages for our awesome students. Then, we traveled throughout the county with stops as far as Seaford delivering gift bags to all of our twenty six (26) 8th-grade students.”
Each bag contained a 2020 graduation tassel, a Certificate of Completion, a small poster filled with notes of encouragement from teachers and staff, a hand-drawn portrait of the recipient created by DCMC Art Teacher Miss Ashley Houtz, Sour Patch candy (a class favorite), Delmarva Christian swag, and a book entitled, “Bible Promises for Teens.”
“Everyone had a blast seeing the students and presenting the gift bags,” continued Mrs. Kristunas. “It was especially fun because the students were sending group chats that created a buzz and had everyone waiting with great anticipation for our arrival. Even people we didn’t know got caught up in the excitement as they honked their horns and waved at us along the way. It was definitely a special event; one we hope our students will remember for years to come.”
(Above) Appropriately practicing social distancing, 8th-grade student Harry Montgomery eagerly collects his gift bag from his math teacher Mrs. Allison Workman.