People across Baton Rouge are ‘adopting’ students who will miss out on senior activities

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The project “Adopt a Senior 2020” has become a viral conversation on social media. People across America are ‘adopting’ a high school senior in the community, many of whom who will not experience walking across a stage in cap and gown to receive a diploma.

“As we know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, high school seniors, and their families, were hit hard with finding out that they may not be able to go to prom, walk across the stage, senior breakfast or anything,” said founder of Adopt 2020 Seniors East Baton Rouge Edition, LaToya Davis. “For those of us who were fortunate enough to experience those memorable things, you know how important it is. Unfortunately, it appears the Class of 2020 will not be able to say the same.”

Outside of graduation, additional activities that go along with one’s senior year include gathering to cheer on your high school sports team, shopping for your senior prom dress or chatting in the school hallway about college acceptance letters.

“If you find it on your heart, I am asking you all to help let the Class of 2020 know they’re not alone and do something special to uplift their spirits during this difficult time,” said Davis.

Community members, often whom have no connection to the senior’s family, are joining Facebook groups to help make the last year of high school special amid a pandemic.

How it works?

Families, sometimes the senior themselves, post photos and a short biography and then members of the group may “adopt” them and send cards and gift boxes. There are no rules as to what type of gifts should be given.

Anyone may nominate a senior for “adoption,” and anyone can adopt.

How to spoil a senior?

“The gift you choose to give does not have to be expensive, just something you can afford and find it in your heart to give. You never know the impact you can make in someone’s life by a simple act of kindness,” said Davis.

Gift Ideas:

  • Class of 2020 keychains
  • A yard sign that reads “Class of 2020 Senior Strong (and senior’s name)”
  • Personalized tumbler cup
  • Gift card to favorite restaurant
  • Cookies from a local cake shop
  • Mouse pad with photo of senior and friends or family
  • Balloon bouquets from the Dollar Tree
  • College-themed door hangers
  • Air freshener for vehicles
  • Pullovers, jackets or t-shirts personalized with senior’s initials
  • Journals or planners for 2020-2021
  • Beauty products for girls
  • Hair products and cologne for men
  • Macarons in school colors
  • And edible arrangement
  • A personalized cookie cake
  • Laundry basket (to stuff full of snacks and other items)

A Facebook group has also been created for West Baton Rouge.

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