To say that the pandemic year has been difficult for students could be an understatement. In order to “cheer them up”, the Nigerian community held an “Honk A Car Graduation Parade” on Saturday June 26 for grade 12 students at Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School.
“We decided to make this even more special,” said Edosa Adams-Idode, who chairs the Association of Nigerian Community’s heritage and social ties committee in Milton.
Since an in-person graduation celebration is unlikely to take place this summer, the group wanted to show some appreciation to the students and that they have the support of the community. The event was also a way to “encourage them and lead them to their next level of success in life”.
The socially distanced celebration started at school around 3 p.m. The convoy of cars then drove through town to the homes of some of the students, honking “love sounds” around the houses to the excitement of the students and family members.
Andrew Esemezie, president of the association, said in his remarks that students are “the future of our community,” according to a press release.
The Nigerian Community Association in Milton has over 260 members – diverse in language, culture and cuisine. Among his contributions to the community, Adams-Idode said the association has raised nearly $ 16,000 for the Milton District Hospital since the start of the pandemic.