Before the pandemic, John Schreiner had thought a good portion of his spring would be spent on a baseball field in a Wheat Ridge Farmers uniform. He had looked forward to going to prom, spending the …
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Before the pandemic, John Schreiner had thought a good portion of his spring would be spent on a baseball field in a Wheat Ridge Farmers uniform.
He had looked forward to going to prom, spending the final days of high school with his friends and walking across a stage in a cap and gown to finally receive the diploma he worked hard for.
But for now, a parade around Schreiner's neighborhood is going to have to replace the feeling of having a traditional graduation — and that's alright with him.
On May 16, the Applewood Grove neighborhood in Golden hosted a parade for 2020 graduates who live in the area in honor of their accomplishments. Graduates from Wheat Ridge, Golden, Green Mountain, Lakewood and Bear Creek high schools walked around the neighborhood with their families while residents stood outside their homes cheering them on as they walked by.
“It shows that people actually still care and are willing to go out of their way to try to make our senior year still special,” said Schreiner, who plans to attend Colorado Mesa University in the fall.
West Metro Fire drove a firetruck and played music while residents like Mark Doyle participated in the parade by driving around the neighborhood in a decorated tractor.
Doyle, who lives in the Applewood Grove neighborhood, said that about 10-12 graduates live in the area. He said the neighborhood community is close, and wanted to honor the graduates in some sort of way.
“These are all fine young kids that are graduating. I don't have any kids that are graduating, they're all long gone — but I wanted to participate (in the parade) any way that I could,” he said.
The parade route started on West 16th Drive and Zinnia Street and continued to Alkire Street to Willow Lane and back to Zinnia Street.
Jeffco Public Schools announced in April that its graduation ceremonies are postponed until August.
“It's not normal, but we're making it work. (The parade) was so fun, and it was really cute,” said Peyton Oaster, a 2020 Green Mountain High School graduate who will attend Colorado State University in the fall. “It brought the neighborhood together in a time that really sucks.”
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