MEADE COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) - Meade County school employees all adopted seniors for this year’s graduation.
Teachers worked together to create 400 signs for the students, and they spent Friday handing out the creations to be displayed in the students’ front yards.
Health Sciences teacher Sarah Medley immediately jumped on the opportunity to celebrate and honor her students.
“I teach mostly all seniors. Each one of them has a special place in my heart," Medley said."If I could take a sign to every single one I would have in a heartbeat but just a little piece letting them know that the whole community is behind them and understands how hard they work and that we are sorry for the way that this has ended and hopefully we’ll get to celebrate sometime.”
Like many other Meade County High School students, senior Donovan Matthews was surprised when a teacher showed up to place a congratulations senior sign in his yard.
"It made me happy that they’re still thinking about us,” Matthews said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Not only was Donovan excited by the kind gesture, but he was also excited to see his teacher.
“I miss seeing my teachers every day,” Matthews said. “It’s really good to see them.”
Of the many things Matthews was looking forward to during his senior year, it was the thought of going out with a bang, finishing his high school career breaking records as a track runner.
“I really wanted to finish that off, my sixth year of running track for Meade County.”
The end of the school year isn’t the end of Matthews’ track career though.
“I’m going to be running track at the University of Campbellsville whenever we get back to school.”
Mitchell says he keeps in touch with his friends like many other students all around the state, by texting and playing video games with them.
As for Medley, she says her students are like her second kids.
“I’ve got two boys of my own and these kids become just like one of my own children, I love them like my own,” Medley said. “So, getting to see them at least once before they hopefully get to go off to college in the fall, is just refreshing and it’s a kind of a closure for the end of the year that we didn’t get to have.”
Medley’s son Brody echoed his mom’s response.
“My mom’s students are kind of like my big brothers and sisters,” Brody said.
It wasn’t just teachers who made signs for students; the superintendent, principals, bus drivers, aids, and everyone else in the district joined in.