Have you noticed the new signs in some of the yards and windows around town? Graduation season is upon us. But this year, as traditional commencement ceremonies and celebrations are no longer taking place like they normally would, the pomp and circumstance look a little different in Morton Grove.
As the school liaison librarian, it’s my job to connect the Library with the teachers, schools, and students in our community. This is why I want to share more about those lawn signs and how everyone can help celebrate our Village’s graduates this year.
About the Week of the Graduate
The week of May 18 has been declared The Week of the Graduate, sponsored by the Niles Township Superintendents Association in partnership with the Villages of Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, Niles, and Skokie. (Learn more.)
All public school districts that serve Niles Township have supplied graduating 8th graders and high school seniors with lawn or window signs to display at their homes. (School-specific graduation information can be found at each school’s website.)
But honoring students and their achievements shouldn’t be left to the graduates and their families alone. That is why we at the Library hope you will join us in a community-wide celebration of all Morton Grove graduates in the following ways.
How to Celebrate
Tie a ribbon around the trees near your home that's red (for Niles West), purple (for Niles North), or blue (for Maine East)—or swap out your normal porch lights to red, purple, or blue-colored bulbs—to recognize the rising freshmen and graduating seniors of each respective school.
Wednesday, May 20
Light up the night from 8-9 pm by turning on your porch lights or illuminating your windows along with area schools and community partners.
Make some noise starting at 8:20 pm (20:20 military time) to give Morton Grove and Niles Township graduates the round of applause they deserve.
To the Graduates
The Library is proud to display our own lawn signs and light up the Library building to honor all of Morton Grove's 2020 graduates. No matter which school you are graduating from or rising to, we are extremely proud of you! We wish you all the best as you go forward into the world and illuminate the future.
Brittany Drehobl is School Services Liaison and Youth Services Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library.