The Flower Hill Primary School community never lets anything stand in its way. So when the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the school year and prevented many traditional events from being held, Flower Hill made the best of the situation.
“The faculty and staff at Flower Hill wanted to make sure that their Flower Hill Foxes were sent off to summer vacation well,” Principal Lucia Laguarda said. “We planned a moving up parade for all students and a second special one for our ‘seniors’ - the third graders. We wanted to create an opportunity for all of our third graders to be a part of this moving up celebration and since Flower Hill Primary School is located far from many, we brought the parade to Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School for the third graders, who will no longer be at Flower Hill come September.”
The Flower Hill community does everything with enthusiasm and this was no different. “Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School is more centrally located for all and almost every third grader came through and received a special package along with a certificate and a lawn sign that the PTA helped to provide,” Ms. Laguarda said. “Our faculty and staff members were happy to participate in both parades at both locations and many families got to come through and be a part of the wonderful celebration.”
Flower Hill opened in September 1954 and in the ensuing 65 school years this one turned out to be like no other with three months of distance learning.
“Although the year was cut short, our bonds with the Flower Hill Foxes were not short in any way,” Ms. Laguarda said. “The parades were a wonderful way to safely and happily say goodbye to the school year and hello to a summer break.”