COVID-19 restrictions have been put in place since mid-March and there is no doubt that they will have an impact on high school graduations. Although seniors have had to sit at home for this last part of their senior year, Jaque Richardson of Coahoma has coordinated a way to let them know that they are not forgotten with the "Adopt a High School Senior" program.
The idea was presented by Laken Reedy, who had seen that it was something that was being done in other communities. Richardson created a private Facebook group for the program.
According to Richardson, one of the requirements to participate is that a parent or guardian has to approve the post to the group. The parent/guardian will post a photo of their high school senior, a short description of the student with information on what school they go to, what they participate in, and what their plans are after graduation. News posts should have #notadopted so that it's easy to search for students who still need adoption.
To participate, search #notadopted. Once one is found, comment "Happy to Adopt" on post, AND also private message the senior's parent to get approval and list of likes, interests, etc. Mailing and drop-off information should be through the parent or guardian.
Be advised that “Adopt a High School Senior - Howard County, TX Area” is a private group on Facebook and members must be invited to join. Richardson told KBest News that the group extends beyond Howard County to nearby areas like Westbrook, Colorado City, and Garden City. She stated that the group is private because they wanted to limit it to people in the area who are familiar with the communities and families.
In less than 2 weeks, the group has reached over 1300 members and continues to grow. Richardson told KBest News that she had no idea that the group would grow so quickly but she’s thrilled that it has.
"I just love that everyone is just wanting to support these seniors who are having to go through something that they never thought they'd have to go through. So, I just want to say thank you to all of them because we're just all really trying to show to all of the seniors in the area. Personally, I know that it's a hard time for them and we just want to show all the love and support and we can," said Richardson.