Hi News Team
The Warrior community is celebrating our Arapahoe High School Class of 2020 with a Parade being this coming Saturday, May 23rd beginning @ 10:00 am starting at The Streets of SouthGlenn and ending with a final loop through the Arapahoe High School parking lot. We are expecting a large percentage of our class of 560 graduates to participate in the event with cars driven by parents and family members.
Although this may not sound newsworthy, as I'm sure you are hearing about many senior parades, I have been asked to reach out to you, representing the parents of our Class of 2020, to request coverage of our celebratory event and to share why we feel this parade and these students are deserving of the recognition. Although LPS and AHS has supported and is appreciative of the parents supporting the parade for our seniors, the parade is being sponsored by the Parents of the Class of 2020. Arapahoe High School has been featured in the news over the past few years several times - yet sadly it has been for a shooting within the school or a number of suicides by fellow students and close friends. COVID-19 has brought awareness to the world of the impact a pandemic can have on our society. I hear often how experiencing the loss of graduations, proms and other rites of passage will serve to teach these young adults resilience and give them the ability to overcome challenges throughout life. What's newsworthy of this graduating class is the fact that they have experienced events over the past four+ years that have forced them to face challenges, loss, grief and to have to deal with the unknown. When we use the phrase "Warriors take care of one another", we don't use it lightly. We do take care of one another and we have continued to do so through some very difficult times. This will be the first opportunity this class has had to come together (yes, they will be observing social distancing practices.) and the ability to connect with one another one last time is one they will cherish. We want to widely celebrate this group - not only for their academic accomplishments but for the way they have demonstrated to the Colorado community how to rise above difficult times. I'm the proud parent of one Arapahoe Senior - Anna Holland; however, we are a community of proud parents of 560 seniors. Thank you in advance for your consideration. We know your time is valuable and you have limited resources to provide coverage for non-critical news; however, we would be most appreciative if you were willing to share our story and our celebration.
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