FMHS to hold “peaceful protest” on proposed graduation plan

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FRUITA, Colo. – The 2020 Fruita Monument High School Senior class will be holding a positive and peaceful protest on what would have been the day and time of their high school graduation, Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 7:00 PM at Fruita Monument Highschool’s parking lot. These seniors will come together in their cap and gowns to protest the decision by the Mesa County School District 51 School Board, Superintendent Sirko and Mesa County Health Department not to hold a traditional graduation in July, and to protest the proposed drive thru graduation.

“These kids are just beginning their adult journey and they shouldn’t be afraid to question leaders who are making poor decisions that directly affect them,” says FMHS Mom, Tami Smolinkski. “Their class motto is Part of the Journey is the Ending. And they want to fight for a PROPER ending. They have my 100% support!”

The Seniors will adhere to the social distancing guidelines established by the Mesa County Health Department including standing 6 feet apart (which will be marked on the pavement with chalk), mostly in empty parking spots at the school, and wearing masks. Seniors who are feeling ill are being asked not to attend. Students will be listening to selected music that would have played at their graduation, moments of silence for reflection and finally a united message of protest will be made with the demand an in person, traditional graduation be held in July.

Hashtags being used are: #LetUsWalk, #Classof2020Matters, #FMHSstrong, #DeserveToBeCelebrated

This protest is being organized by FMHS class seniors and their parents.

This protest is not affiliated with Fruita Monument High School or MCSD51.

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