By Terry Duffy
The Lewiston Police Department and Lewiston-Porter High School this week announced plans for what area officials are calling a “modified” community celebration in salute for the high school’s Class of 2020.
Set to begin at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12, the celebration will feature a police-led parade of Lew-Port Class of 2020 student vehicles through the Porter and Youngstown communities as well as the Village and Town of Lewiston. It follows with an on-campus cookout picnic and student party behind the Lewiston Police Department headquarters on the Lew-Port Creek Road campus.
Lew-Port High School Principal Bradley Rowles said the parade would begin that morning on campus, with seniors under police escort passing all Lew-Port school buildings and district offices before the parade continues on streets throughout the River Region.
He said that, following the campus route, the parade would continue north on Creek Road to Route 93 (Lockport Street), turn left and head into the Village of Youngstown to Lockport and Main streets, head south along Lower River Road into the Village of Lewiston, and continue along the Center Street business strip.
From there, the route would return to Creek Road and head back north to the Lewiston-Porter campus for the cookout party.
On campus, senior class members would be treated to hot dogs and hamburgers and all the fixins’ – all prepared by Lewiston’s finest – along with desserts and drink offerings – and then enjoy an on-campus socially distant party complete with a DJ and dancing.
“It will be a beautiful parade for our senior class on what has been a surreal year for them,” Rowles said.
He went on to note the many changes in life over past months for the senior class, which included months of school closure, adjusted classes, a canceled senior prom and modifications to their upcoming graduation stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Rowles said he hoped the day would serve as a memorable one for Lew-Port’s Class of 2020 students who, like graduating seniors throughout the country, are experiencing a number of unforeseen changes to their end of high school routines this year due to the pandemic.
“I can’t wait for the students to drive by and see this. The community has been fantastic through it,” Rowles said as he mentioned the many recognitions for the Class of 2020 taking place by Youngstown and Lewiston residents and businesses.
Those along the parade route are asked to take a moment to recognize the Lew-Port seniors on Friday as they pass by.