STOW – Although Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered school to be closed through the rest of the 2019-20 school year, a few activities have been planned to uplift spirits.
On Friday afternoon elementary and Lakeview students were able to go to their bus stops at their normal drop-off time to wave and say hello to their SMF bus drivers and at 7:20 p.m. Stow-Munroe Falls High School seniors were being recognized by staff as the seniors drove around the parking lot loop. The class of 2020 has about 450 graduates.
Photos were to be shared of the stadium and loop celebration event at firstname.lastname@example.org
"During these difficult times, we will continue to look for creative ways to still bring us safely together," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "We will be announcing more events in the very near future. We realize the importance that school plays in the lives of students and their families and we are going to continue to try to highlight ways to keep us close."
Currently, the district is keeping graduation date options and locations open, Bratten said. Prom was scheduled for May 16 and graduation was scheduled for May 21 but alternative dates are July 11 for prom and July 16 for graduation.
"We are hoping that those options will not go away with time and that we are able to honor our seniors as best as we can under the circumstances," Bratten said.
The scheduled last day of this school year is June 1 for students.
The district continues to serve lunches to all SMF families Monday through Friday at Echo Hills, Lakeview, Kimpton and the high school from 8 to 10 a.m.
"We are also now serving the meals on Monday evening only at Lakeview from 4 to 6 p.m. for those that cannot make the other times," Bratten said. "We had over 45 families take advantage of this our first night so we are glad that we could fill that obvious need."
The district has nearly tripled the number of lunches served since the schools closed.
Bulldog Bags will be distributed in May 1, 15 and 29 at Echo Hills (for Echo Hills and Fishcreek students), Lakeview (for Lakeview and Highland students), Kimpton (for Kimpton, Indian Trail and Riverview students) and the high school (for high school and Woodland students) from 8-10 a.m.
Bulldog Bags Inc. will make Bulldog Boxes available again this summer to families whose children are eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program or experiencing a hardship during the pandemic. Bulldog Boxes, which have 10 meals/?snacks in family-size portions, help families stretch their budgets, when the children are home for all meals.
Families must register for the Bulldog Boxes, which will be distributed one time a month in June, July, and August. The Bulldog Box program will again be housed in the First Christian Church; both packing and distribution will take place there. Eligible families can register at http://?www.bulldogbags.org/?summer-program
Tech support people are available at SMFHS on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. at the Commons doors entrance. Parents can pick up or exchange technology for students.
"This isn’t anything that any one of us ever imagined would happen," Bratten said. "For many, this has become the hardest time in your lives. I beg that you lean on one another and if you don’t have anyone to lean on, please lean on our district by reaching out. We do not want to let this disease get the best of any of us and need to do all we can to try to make sure that doesn’t happen."
On Monday, the board of education proclaimed May 4-8 Teacher and Classified Employee Appreciation Week. The community is encouraged to recognize their hard work and dedication by sending e-mails and posting message on social media.
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