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New Windsor planning to celebrate graduating seniors amid coronavirus school closures

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop during New Windsor’s first virtual meeting.
New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop during New Windsor’s first virtual meeting.(Akira Kyles)

New Windsor Mayor Neal Roop announced that the town will celebrate the graduating seniors in town with banners as large gatherings are still prevented by COVID-19 and the executive orders designed to mitigate its spread.

Maryland officials announced Wednesday that public schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Even though it is up to superintendents to make the decision on whether they will have some form of graduation, according to Roop, the mayor still wanted to create some way for the town to celebrate them.

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Roop pitched the idea to have banners displayed through town for the month of June, a 30-day period, or a 60-day period or for the entire summer and take them down Labor Day, during the virtual town council meeting Wednesday night. They talked about honoring 2020 high school or college grads.

According to Roop, the banners will cost $100, including the hardware.

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Treasurer Donna Alban mentioned the idea of having one big banner will all the graduates in town. Other members of the council seemed to like this idea as well.

If the town decides to do separate banners, the costs will be covered by the families of the graduates and if they decided to go with the big banners, there will be two and they will be covered by the town. The big banners will be displayed in the Beer and Wine Garden and on the corner of Md. 75 at Green Valley Road and Main Street, where the gazebo is.

A final decision on which they will do to honor the students has yet to be made.

In another effort from the town to do something positive during the coronavirus pandemic, the town council also discussed executing a Sidewalk Coloring Contest. According to Roop, they have not yet finalized when it will be held but plan to hold it over a two-week period, depending on weather.

For those that don’t have sidewalks, Roop thinks the carnival grounds would be the best place for them to go and space out so they can draw their art.

Participants will be able to submit their art via Facebook and winners will relieve gift cards from local businesses, which businesses have yet to be finalized.

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