With COVID-19 canceling school and all sporting and social events, the 2020 class of high school seniors are missing out on many things that have become rights-of-passage.
Extra-curricular activities; such as spring sports like archery, baseball, softball, and track have been shut down. Prom, a once or twice in a lifetime event for those in their junior and senior years of high school, canceled due to the virus. And the biggest event that a high school senior has waited for their entire schooling career, graduation, is up in the air for many around, not just West Virginia, but the entire United States.
With all of the doom and gloom that COVID-19 has brought to the area, the high school seniors seem to be getting the short end of the stick.
One husband and wife combination have used their local business to help shine the spotlight where it should be this time of year, on graduating seniors.
Veteran owned by Vaughn and Tonja Anderson, Jackson Signs and More, LLC, located at 144 Academy Drive in Ripley, is helping families celebrate their Class of 2020 seniors.
Tonja said her friend Missy Morris has a son who is graduating this year so she approached the Anderson’s to see if they would make a sign for him and some of his friends.
“Once Missy received her sign, she posted a picture of it on Facebook, and it took off from there,” Tonja said. “We have even received calls from parents with seniors at Wahama, Winfield, Saint Marys, and even some in Ohio.”
Needless to say, the Anderson’s are staying busy making senior signs with “Quarantined” messages; one thing that 2020 will always be remembered for, the year of the quarantine. Other quarantine items on the signs include rolls of toilet paper instead of zeros in the year 2020, as well as face masks.
According to Tonja, high school seniors are missing out on so much due to COVID-19. She said this is just one thing she and her husband could do to make it a little easier and give them the recognition they deserve.
“We just hope it puts a smile on their face,” she said.
Courtney Winter, a senior at Ripley High School, said her sign could not have come at a better time.
“Receiving my sign was such a surprise,” Winter said. “Senior year is not going as expected, but it’s good to know that the community is thinking of us, and has come up with such a unique way of recognizing this. Thank you, Missy Morris and Jackson Signs and More!”
The cost for a senior sign is $20 plus tax, which also includes a photo.
Anyone interested in purchasing a senior sign can contact Jackson Signs and More, LLC at 304-532-4078, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or message them on Facebook under Jackson Signs and More.