By Colleen Flanagan, The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News
The school colours of every secondary institution in the district will be adorning the main downtown strip in Maple Ridge in honour of this years grads.
UPlan, the Youth Planning Table subcommittee, made up of about 20 students from the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows school district, spent all day Monday, May 31, decorating 10 businesses along 224 Street, along with the street, with balloons, ribbons, decals, and decorative graduation caps and scrolls.
Grad Walk will start on June 1 where graduates can stroll along 224 street with people in their circle and take photos at their school’s window.
“We wanted to do something special for this year’s grads because they have missed out on so many of the celebrations that should have happened due to the pandemic,” said school board trustee Kim Dumore, who helped facilitate the UPlan.
“This year it was extra important for me to honour the grads as one of them is my own,” added Dumore.
Last year T’s Once Upon a Tea Leaf decorated their front display window with balloons and decals listing grads for the entire school district.
“This year we wanted to expand on that,” explained Thomas Haney secondary student Anna Huber, a member of UPlan.
This idea, she said, has been in the works since around March.
“It was hard to kind of plan something like a parade or something, like a big event for people to come to because of COVID, of course,” said the Grade 11 student.
Each business will have decorations in their window and every high school in the district will be represented: Garibaldi secondary, Maple Ridge secondary, Pitt Meadows secondary, Samuel Robertson Technical, Thomas Haney secondary, Westview secondary, Meadowridge School, Maple Ridge Christian, students in the Connex Program, and Continuing Education.