Class of 2020

Community shows support for Taos grads

'It’s not much, but it’s something'

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 5/22/20

High school graduations in Taos have largely changed this year, but that is not stopping the community from giving their grads a proper celebration. 

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Class of 2020

Community shows support for Taos grads

'It’s not much, but it’s something'

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Correction appended

High school graduations in Taos have largely changed this year, but that is not stopping the community from giving their grads a proper celebration. 

Community members have gathered together to create yard signs for the high school students in Taos as a way of honoring the area’s seniors. Seniors from Taos High School, Vista Grande and Taos Academy have their portraits on display on roadside signs alongside Paseo del Pueblo for all the community to see. 

“They didn’t get to experience the last few weeks of their senior year,” said Taos County Commissioner Jim Fambro. 

Fambro alongside Taos Mayor Dan Barrone began the idea of honoring Taos seniors unable to enjoy their final moments of high school due to COVID-19. Concerns over the spread of the virus shut down schools across the state in March, effectively ending the 2019-20 school year. Mass gatherings are still prohibited by the state as officials work to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, so the usual commencement ceremonies became virtual or drive-by diploma presentations.

Students and parents can now celebrate their grad’s efforts with a roadside sign in front of a number of local Taos businesses and along Taos’ main drag. 

“All of us here are Taos High grads and it was important to us to support this class that is facing a challenging graduation,” said Paula Randal Ervin, president of Randal Lumber. 

Randa Ervin, and the staff at Randal Lumber, joined in to assist the sign project. Some of the photos and signs celebrating graduates can be seen on their lawn as well as Doc’s Automotive next door. 

“It’s not much, but it’s something,” said Fambro. 

According to Fambro, he and Barrone took money they were saving and donated the funds toward this project.

“It was all worth it when I saw a family taking pictures next to a sign,” Fambro said. “They were so happy.” 

Fambro and Barrone were able to get the signs up with the help of a number of local businesses as well as community members. 

The signs will remain up until the end of the Memorial Day weekend. After Monday, seniors and their parents are encouraged to collect their signs. The signs left over will be picked up by the town of Taos, according to town officials. 

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Fambro and Barrone which funds they used to purchase the signs. The error was made in reporting.   

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