VENTNOR – Although the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on end-of-school year activities, graduating eighth graders of the Ventnor Middle School are being recognized by the community for their hard work and dedication during their middle school years.
Resident Lori Nolan, whose three sons graduated from the VECC, knew that students would miss out on some of the school’s most enjoyable traditions, so she stepped up to give the students the recognition they deserve.
After several phone calls to school officials, she decided lawn signs recognizing the students as graduates of the Class of 2020 would make a great gift. She contacted the Ventnor City Fire Department FMBA Local 38, which donated all of the wood needed to make the signs.
Nolan enlisted the support of Roy Egrie, who for years created the vinyl stickers that line the hallway in the eighth grade wing. The stickers depict a mortar board with the student’s first name.
Egrie, who is the parent of two former VECC graduates, Tyler and Carly, designed the sign and Nolan put on the final touches by painting the wood and attaching the posts.
The signs were distributed to the students Tuesday, June 16 when students were required to return school materials and pick up their personal belongings.
Teachers Margie Mousaw, Chris Kane, Annette Peitzman, Chuck Gaydos, Debbie Duff, and Margie Master distributed the signs to their students.