QUAKERTOWN, Pa. - Schools around the country have had to adapt their lesson plans and end-of-year celebrations.
Graduating seniors in particular have seen their final year shift into something much different than they likely imagined, and planned for.
Typically, seniors at Quakertown High School pick up their caps and gowns. But with school no longer in session, those plans changed. And while it looked much different, perhaps it was a good different.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, teachers and administrators gathered in the school parking lot alongside fire trucks and cars decorated to celebrate graduating seniors. At roughly 9 a.m. they broke up into small teams and paraded the district to hand-deliver seniors their caps and gowns and lawn signs.
"We're doing this to help them still feel special and celebrate the accomplishments they've achieved this year," said Mattias van't Hoenerdaal, principal.
Firetrucks blared their sirens as teachers went door-to door.
"I think it was pretty neat how they got the fire truck to come through, made a few people happy today," said Zachary Bellon, a senior with intentions of pursuing a computer science degree in the fall.
Senior Makenzie Stryker was also excited to see some of her teachers, though, she wished she'd worn her waterproof mascara because the moment hit her a little stronger than she anticipated.
Her neighbors also made her a banner. She was surrounded by her parents and grandparents as teachers and neighbors congratulated her.
"I was not expecting that, I didn't even know they knew about it, very emotional moment, I'm really glad that it happened," Stryker said.
Quakertown will hold a virtual graduation. Students will go to the school one at a time to walk across the stage for a recorded ceremony that will be edited together for their ceremony in June.