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Fairfax City Celebrates Fairfax High School Class of 2020

Post Date:05/20/2020

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The monumental milestone of high school graduation, with its pomp and circumstance and celebration by family and community, was cut short in 2020 due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). However, a committee of Fairfax City leaders has come together to help celebrate and recognize the Fairfax High School Class of 2020.

Look for signs and banners in Old Town Square and on Rebel Run at Fairfax Boulevard. Signs have been placed on CUE buses, and the committee will work with business partners to distribute 100 signs throughout the city. Electronic messages will flash congratulations to FHS seniors throughout the city, and pompons and streamers will be installed in Old Town Fairfax.

Mayor David L. Meyer will present a proclamation to Fairfax High School graduates at the May 26 City Council electronic meeting, which will be accepted (electronically) on behalf of the graduating seniors by School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches.
Fairfax County Public School through FHS Principal Erin Lenart, faculty and staff will provide for more traditional activities for the Fairfax High School Class of 2020. Seniors will be notified about photo opportunities for seniors and their families, a virtual senior celebration, cap and gown pickup — and more. All of these activities will practice current recommended health recommendations, including social distancing.

The FHS Class of 2020 celebration committee is comprised of City Councilmember Janice Miller, School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches, former Mayor Steven Stombres, and is supported by the Mayor and City Council and the Fairfax City School Board.  Support and assistance was provided by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Economic Development Office. The Rotary Club contributed funds to purchase the banners. Business partners, the Central Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and The Old Town Business Association are working with the business community to place signs of congratulations at commercial locations.

 “This is a time of celebration for graduating seniors and their families, and an opportunity for the community to show support at this exciting time in a young person’s life. That exactly what we’re doing,” said Miller.

 “COVID-19 may have changed how we do things in Fairfax City,” Pitches said, “but it won’t stop us from celebrating the Fairfax High School Class of 2020.”

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