When more than 2,700 Mansfield ISD seniors woke up on Wednesday morning, they stepped outside to see yard signs of support.
Getting the signs to that many homes was no easy feat. It took the work of about 150 volunteers to finish the task in two hours.
“We had so many people want to volunteer once a little bit of the word got out,” said Superintendent Dr. Kimberley Cantu. “We have staff members, people from the Education Foundation, and our school board is here.”
The signs were delivered on May 6 to graduates of Frontier High School, Lake Ridge High School, Legacy High School, Mansfield High School, Summit High School, Timberview High School and The Phoenix Academy.
Board President Karen Marcucci said she’s grateful for all the community support and was enthusiastic about giving the class of 2020 a visual token of love.
“We usually have so many celebrations, and many of them have been canceled or rescheduled,” said Marcucci. “It’s really exciting to be a part of this this morning, so we can really let each and every senior know how much they mean to us here in Mansfield ISD and that their story matters.”
Seniors who received the sign said it brought them a glimmer of hope after a tough end to an educational chapter.
“The latter half of your senior year is the bigger part. That’s where you’re really able to enjoy yourself and the last few moments you have there,” said Isaac Richins, senior at Legacy High School. “To have that kind of torn away—not for anyone’s fault—it kind of hurts. I’m glad to see, and I appreciate that the district is still trying to help us out and make our senior year as good as it can be.”
Superintendent Dr. Cantu noted that she is amazed at the resiliency she has seen in the MISD seniors and she was honored to be part of the communitywide effort.
“Our goal was to show them that we love, and we care, and we just feel really badly for everything that they’re going through and for what their experience is. We are just so happy and blessed to be able to do that.”
Following the executive order given by Gov. Greg Abbott on April 17, schools across the state were told to remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 school year to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Distance learning will continue. For the latest information, visit the MISD comprehensive COVID-19 web page.