As the 2019-20 school year draws to a close at Delmarva Christian Schools, many of its traditions have had to be altered.
In lieu of commencement exercises for eighth-graders, Milton Campus teachers and staff organized a two-day parade to celebrate the students and their accomplishments.
“The parade was the brainchild of our science teacher Julie Eckels,” said Admissions and Events Coordinator Alison Kristunas. “We started by arriving at the school at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 28, to decorate our vehicles with inspiring messages for our awesome students. Then, we traveled throughout the county with stops as far as Seaford, delivering gift bags to all of our 26 eighth-grade students.”
Each bag contained a 2020 graduation tassel, a certificate of completion, a small poster filled with notes of encouragement from teachers and staff, a hand-drawn portrait of the recipient created by DCMC art teacher Ashley Houtz, Sour Patch candy (a class favorite), Delmarva Christian swag and a book, “Bible Promises for Teens.”
“Everyone had a blast seeing the students and presenting the gift bags,” said Kristunas. “It was especially fun because the students were sending group chats that created a buzz and had everyone waiting with great anticipation for our arrival. Even people we didn’t know got caught up in the excitement as they honked their horns and waved at us along the way. It was definitely a special event, one we hope our students will remember for years to come.”