It was a morning to remember for members of the Tallulah Falls School Class of 2020.
School administrators traveled across Northeast Georgia on May 6 to deliver a dose of cheer along with yard signs, yearbooks and senior banners to area students.
Several parents joined students outside for the impromptu presentations. The mood was upbeat despite the disappointment of not being at school with teachers and classmates to celebrate typical senior year milestones.
Upper School Academic Dean Kim Popham visited students in Alto, Demorest, Clarkesville, Cleveland and Sautee-Nacoochee. Middle School Academic Dean David Chester and President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy joined Popham for several of the stops.
Greeting Popham and Chester from her front porch in Clarkesville, Sophie Alexander’s delight was evident.
“After not seeing anyone for so long, it was incredible to see Mrs. Popham and Mr. Chester standing on my porch with a personalized sign, my yearbook and my cap and gown,” Alexander said. “Even though I am sad that our senior year ended in such an unconventional way, I am so grateful to the school for continuing to find ways to support and celebrate the seniors.”
“This has been the best morning I have had since March 13,” Popham said. “We were able to greet our seniors, check on them, share a laugh and smile with them but most importantly, congratulate them on the accomplishments they have achieved over the past four years and for some, even more since they were in the middle school with us.”
Chester was especially happy to visit with a few of the TFS Legacy students – those students in attendance from sixth-12 grade.
“It was wonderful to have the opportunity to get out into the community and to celebrate with a few of our seniors. It was special to see a few of our legacy students that started in the sixth grade. We are proud of them for the hard work they have put in over the last four years,” Chester said. “We also wanted to encourage our seniors as they have missed many of the traditional senior events that take place as the school year winds down.”
“It was great to be a part of these personal visits,” President Peevy said. “We have greatly missed being with our seniors these past two months.”
Dean of Students Jimmy Franklin, Director of Security Dustin Rogers, Assistant Upper School Academic Dean Jim Van Hooser and College Counselor Brandy Corbett made additional visits throughout the region.
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