PFLUGERVILLE, Texas - Traditional graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 were all canceled due to COVID-19. Many students are devastated, but one mom of a Pflugerville High School senior decided she wanted to make all seniors feel good.
Aryah Monroy and Mauricio Rodriguez are seniors set to graduate this semester, but because of COVID-19, their ceremony was canceled. "It came as a shock and I was pretty devastated," Aryah Monroy said.
DaNay Monroy is Aryah's mom and saw first hand how canceling graduation affected a member of the class of 2020. Monroy knew her daughter wasn't the only one feeling this way, so she started a Facebook group for the community to rally with the seniors
"Basically what this group is to celebrate the seniors," Monroy said. "Obviously they're missing out on a lot."
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The group, called "Adopt a Texas HS Senior," allows parents to post a biography and pictures of their senior where anyone in the community can "adopt" them by contacting the parent and sending the student presents to celebrate their accomplishments.
"I got cookies showing up at my front door," Rodriguez said. "That was delicious and amazing and then a couple days later, I got a remote for my Xbox. It's obviously joyous to get these random little gifts coming through."
The group started just for Pflugerville seniors, but the demand got so high, Monroy opened it up and now the group has almost 1,700 members. "Being able to help so many other seniors and not just the two I hold very close to my heart it's been a wonderful feeling," Monroy said. "I can't explain it."
So far 300 kids have been put up for adoption and 200 have been adopted. You can find the group on Facebook here.
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