On Tuesday night, July 21, the Board of Education approved our Transitional Reopening Plan, which will be submitted to the State as required on Friday, July 24. View a presentation of the plan that provides an overview of how Hamden proposes to reopen school. Specific details will be coming in the next few weeks.
A HUGE shout out to recent HHS graduate Mareshah White, who sought and received $15,000 in funding to start a scholarship program to help support HHS students who have been impacted by COVID-19. The funds from the program will help graduating Hamden High School seniors with college expenses at a time when many students have greater financial needs due to the pandemic.
AT&T donated the initial $15,000 to launch the scholarship program. We are very grateful for their support. The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven helped Mareshah create the Scholarship Fund - "Courage, Opportunity, Vitality Innovation, and Drive" (Scholarship Fund for COVID! - How clever of you Mareshah to come up with that name!)
Mareshah hopes to receive more donations for this fund, so that an even greater number of students can benefit. Donations can be made online through the Foundation's website: www.cfgnh.org/hamdencovidscholarshipfund. You can even make a donation in honor or in memory of someone.
On the afternoon of July 8, in between the pouring rain, thunder and lightning, the Class of 2020 had one of the most amazing graduations ever!
Although certainly not a traditional Hamden graduation, many things remained the same: There was the playing of "Pomp and Circumstance," families heard speeches, graduates walked across the stage in their caps and gowns to get their diplomas. But unlike other years, since everyone 'drove in' to keep us socially distanced, families and graduates HONKED their car horns in celebration! :-)
One of the great benefits of Graduation 2020 was that families and friends got to drive-up to the stage, giving them a front-seat to see their graduates up-close as their names were read and they walked across the stage. It helped make this graduation ceremony more special than ever!
The entire graduation was live-streamed and recorded - Watch the video and relive the fun!
This was certainly a graduation that will always be remembered. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!