The graduating class of 2020 has definitely had some special end of year moments robbed of them due to the Coronavirus restrictions. But on Thursday evening, the rains stopped and the sun shone down on hundreds of smiling capped and gowned teenagers from Lake Washington High School, Juanita High School, Eastside Prep, Emerson and the International School. A giant 'unofficial' parade of cars honked, shrieked, danced and let loose down the Lake St/Lake WA Blvd in Kirkland as parents and socially distanced bystanders clapped and cheered them on from the street. For those 45 minutes, life even felt a little bit 'normal' as kids got to see each other and feel the love and support of their friends, family and community. Finally, a celebration! I don't have a senior, but I still found myself holding back a few tears of pride for this amazing group of teens.
Perhaps this grass-roots effort just started a new Kirkland tradition. LW parent, Kristen Estes, helped the group of moms that put this effort together and commented, "We are so thankful to the Kirkland community for helping us celebrate the Class of 2020 during these unique times. it was fun to see everyone come together and make this a special event for the graduating class of 2020." Perhaps years from now Kirkland grads will read about COVID-19 in their history books and go charging out the door for their annual community graduation 'senior cruise' through our city remembering how it all started. I hope so.
You've got this Class of 2020. Congrats!