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Plainfield East HS leaders write COVID-19 letters to all 540 seniors

When the mandated COVID-19 school closure was extended to at least April 30, 2020, Plainfield East High School administrators began talking about all the school activities that would be cancelled or rescheduled, and how it would affect students.

They soon focused on their senior class, said Plainfield East High School Principal Dr. Joseph O'Brien.

Knowing the senior class was going to miss out on a portion of their senior year, the administration team at PEHS wrote and mailed personalized letters of encouragement to all 540 seniors.

Letters came from O’Brien; Assistant Principals Heather Boswell, Kate Morris and Mike Romeli; Athletic Director Paul Raspolich; and Special Education Administrator Kathryn Wade.

“We recognize that we will never understand what our seniors are feeling, but we wanted our Class of 2020 to know that we are in this together and we will work through this together,” O’Brien said.

As PEHS students for nearly four years, the senior class have become leaders and advocates, and support each other, O’Brien added.

“Seniors mean so much to the culture of our building, and we wanted to do something to let them know how much we appreciate each of them and that they are a valued member of our Bengal family,” he said.

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