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Tallahassee's high school seniors honored with signs of achievement

Posted at 7:51 PM, Apr 20, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With distance learning going through the end of the year, high school seniors will miss out on so much.

From proms to the chance to walk across the stage for graduation.

Several communities are finding special ways to celebrate their grads. Parents want to do something special for their high school seniors whose last months of school were cut short.

With the help of local companies, parents now have a way to showcase their seniors.

The unique idea is so everyone can celebrate the seniors in their lives.

"It's for the students, for them to feel like people remember and appreciate their achievement," said Mark Akerman, the principal of James Madison High.

"We can't do a lot of things, but there are some things we can do," said Joe Burgess, the principal of Chiles High.

Each year, Elite Sporting Goods makes signs for Chiles High School seniors.

Normally parents would purchase them, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chiles faculty members are buying a sign for each senior.

"The signs are a small token of love and appreciation," Burgess said. "It came from our faculty and staff to our students. It's about them saying thank you to them."

Budget Printing is also creating signs, knowing the smile it will put on the faces of 12th graders who are missing out on so much this year.

"I remember my senior year," said Crystal Vinson, the owner of Budget Printing. "That was a big deal for me, and not only just me, but my parents because I made it to that milestone. To be able to brag a little bit both myself and them on me. It just seemed like a natural thing to do with social distancing, to have signs that have a picture and their information on it."

Signs for Chiles students will be available starting Thursday.

If you're interested in getting a sign for your upcoming graduate, Budget Printing says it has a graphic designer who can create just about anything.