Updated: May 28, 2020 11:27 PM
Created: May 28, 2020 10:56 PM
FONDA - "Today was hard seeing them, clapping, cheering them on, I hope they'll do well," Barbara Barker said.
Barker wasn't the only person fighting back tears today. She's been a teacher at Fonda-Fultonville High School for thirty-two years,
"I know a lot of these kids from eighth grade up to seniors and that's the part that gets to me, I've got to see them grow mature and really blossom into the type of people they're going to be," Barker said.
The same can be said for instrumental teacher, Chad Lenig who was supposed to be leading the school's graduating band seniors in a parade around the building but instead sat on the sidelines to cheer them on as they rolled by in their cars.
"It's an unfortunate thing but I also think it can be a tool to build on for them and something that they can use as an experience to grow from so that they're prepared for the circumstances in the future so, I think it will be a growth experience for them," Lenig said.
Similar to the "Braves March" that has been put on for the past few years in the school's hallway and parking lot, Principal Aaron Grady couldn't let the kids turn the page on this chapter of their lives without marking it in a special way.
"It's a celebratory event. We wish we could see our kids every day in the hallway and give them high-fives and wish them good luck but when we're able to come together as a family, as a community, that certainly allows us the opportunity to do that in a much different way this year but still gives us a place to do that," Grady said.
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