• Go Gold For Grads

    On June 25th, 2020, the community will be glistening gold to celebrate the graduating class of 2020. “Go Gold for Grads” invites families, businesses and everyone everywhere to light up or decorate your home or business to recognize graduates from all institutions across our community on Thursday, June 25th. Go Gold for Grads is organized by The Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations (TVCHSA), along with Councillor Shawn Lewis and TVDSB Trustee Corrine Rahman.

    “Our goal is to bring the community together and let our graduates know how proud we are of all that they have accomplished. We want to recognize these important milestones and show all graduates across the Valley that the sacrifices they’ve had to make during the COVID-19 pandemic have not gone unnoticed. We would love for the entire community to get involved,” says Laura Gonzalez, President of the Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations.

    “Having done a Facebook Live Civics Class with students and hearing questions about when they could go back to class and when they could see their friends again, what started as ‘could we do something at City Hall to celebrate graduations’, discussion with Trustee Rahman and quickly became a what could we do in communities across the school board?” says Councillor Lewis.

    “We want graduates to know that the whole community cares about them and we are all thinking of them,” says Corrine Rahman.

    The Thames Valley District School Board, London Catholic District School Board, Conseil Scolaire Catholique, Fanshawe College, Western University, The City of London, the Municipality of Thames Centre, Tourism London, Libro Financial, Sifton Properties, Starlim International North America, The London Muslim Mosque, area MPs and MPPs, General Dynamics Land Systems, The “A” Team, Harrison Pensa are among those who have signed on to participate. The hope is that many more residents and businesses will take up the charge.

    To help spread the message, Charles Knott and Emily Jackson, the couple behind the “Stay Safe Be Kind” lawn signs have created a lawn sign for the community to recognize graduates to make it easy for individual households to join the effort and recognize their graduates. The signs are available at staysafebekind.ca and 100 % of the proceeds will benefit Thames Valley Education Foundation.

    About Thames Valley Council of Home and School Associations:
    A Home and School Association is an independent parent group that fosters ideals of cooperation and partnership within schools as well as within communities. TVCHSA represents Home and School Associations in the Thames Valley District School Board and is a part of The Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, a province-wide network of dedicated members committed to informed and proactive involvement in our homes, our schools and our communities, to obtain “The Best for Each Student”.

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