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Park View parents support seniors with friendly competition

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / November 18, 2020
A group of Park View High School parents have come together to help make sure that all seniors have some special memories of this topsy-turvy year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. Many have suffered financial hardships, lost loved ones or suffered through the illness themselves.

Education has been turned on its head as students, teachers, administrators, and parents grapple with the new reality. Staggered learning, virtual learning, social distancing and other disruptions have combined to create a level of uncertainty never before experienced.

Effectively losing a portion of their education is tragic for all students and the long term ramifications of this are not clear. Students are not only missing out on a portion of their education, they are also missing most, if not all, of the experiences that make schooling special. Athletics and extra-curricular activities have all but ceased to exist as we have known them in the past.

However, there are bright spots. One such uplifting example is being provided by some of the parents of seniors at Park View High School. These parents are determined to try and salvage some sort of pleasant memories.

On Friday night, a group of students gathered in the parking lot of the former Boyd Chrysler dealership in South Hill for an evening of competitive cornhole, food, fun and camaraderie.

Kimberly Richie, one of the event organizers, said, “There are a few senior parents who are working together to organize simple activities, monthly, for the PVHS seniors to help encourage them through this senior year … It is a difficult time for everyone and we wanted to make sure that the seniors know that this year is still a special year for them,” she continued.

“This is strictly a group of parents who have decided to try and do something special for these kids. These are not school supported events.”

The group has received support from several businesses in the area. In an earlier event, The Donut Shop in South Hill donated donuts for a breakfast event and Bojangle’s offered a discount on breakfast sandwiches. For Friday night’s cornhole tournament, hot dogs, chips, and soda were offered. Flower’s Baking donated hotdog buns and Lawrence Distributing provided the drinks. Desserts in the form of cookies and brownies were provided by parents.

“Every PVHS senior gets an e-mail invitation,” said Richey, “We want everyone to know they are invited.”

Plans are in the works for an event to be held in December. “We are working on a December event that will be more virtual than in-person to be sure the events are safe and follow the state COVID guidelines,” said Richey.

“Hopefully, others will see this as something positive for the seniors and not try to make it something more than it is — just some senior parents trying to make sure the seniors have some special memories with their classmates.”



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