Lisa Smith says she tries to be “the normal mom,” but perhaps these abnormal times need a “not-so-normal mom” to the rescue. Smith, a media assistant and community liaison at Hillcrest High School, has two sons who attend the school. When the coronavirus limited graduation activities for the class of 2020, she and fellow moms organized a senior appreciation event. It required a leader with better than average organizational skills. Neighbors and alumni adopted 240 seniors. The students lined up in their cars and drove through Franklin Stadium while teachers, administrators and neighbors gifted them with care packages ranging from $100 to $200 as a DJ played tunes. “Knowing that those kids were leaving their school forever and listening to them be so excited about prom and other things and knowing that none of that was going to happen, I knew we had to do something,” Smith says. “I was hoping this was going to be an event where the students realized, ‘I’m not a high school kid anymore. What I do next is going to be better.’ I felt like these are all my kids.”
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