By Doris Elmore
The ALAH seniors and 8th graders of Arthur, Lovington, Atwood and Hammond, will be honored with a parade on Thursday, May 21, that will include all four towns in the school district.
Everyone participating in the parade should meet at the former Lovington High School parking lot at 6 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the Lovington Fire Department will lead the parade through Lovington and down the Coal Mine Road to Rt. 36 and into Hammond where the Hammond Fire Department will take the lead and travel Don Ryan Street and take the back road into Atwood. The Atwood Fire Department will take the lead where the A-HHS once stood on Magnolia St. They will travel Main Street to Rt. 36 to the Arthur Road. The parade will then travel to the Arthur Sale Barn where they will meet the Arthur Fire Department and they will take the lead and guide the parade through Arthur.
Atwood Police Chief Rob Bross will meet the parade at Rt. 36 in Atwood allowing all cars and fire trucks to enter the highway. He will follow the parade to the sale barn.
Residents of all four towns are encouraged to line the streets with signs, balloons, etc. to show all the graduates they are proud of their accomplishments. The weather is supposed to be nice on Thursday (at the time of this writing), so this should allow a big crowd to line the streets/roads along the way. In case of rain, take your umbrella and greet them with a smile and a wave.
While this has been a difficult time for everyone, the towns in the school district are trying to make graduation (8th grade & high school) a time to remember.
Thank you to all the fire departments, seniors and 8th grade parents, for a graduation for the history books. Everyone involved in the parade is asked to remain in your vehicles. Those watching the parade are ask to follow the social distancing guidelines.