Letter: Graduation prep — When Mother Nature strikes

To the Editors:

On Saturday, June 20, the 57th Annual Wilton High School graduation exercises were relocated to the Wilton High School Field House from Fujitani Field at the last minute, due to rain. The success of the ceremony and reception would not have been possible without the generosity of volunteers and businesses in our community — especially the many more who volunteered when the location changed due to a change in weather.

We are so appreciative of three annual supporters of our graduation ceremonies who we couldn’t do without: Jim and Young’s Nurseries, who generously provide a wonderful array of trees, shrubs and flowers to decorate; Nancy Dolnier and the Village Market who prepare refreshments for graduates and guests; and retired fire Capt. Karl Dolnier, who loans, delivers, and supervises the setup and breakdown of the refreshment tent.
We would like to thank the many volunteers who helped out, not only with the original plan, but serving double shifts with such grace and flexibility when Mother Nature moved in! Thank you also to the many young men who stepped forward to assist in putting water bottles under chairs for the graduates and helping to garner additional chairs in order to assure everyone had a seat. Many of these young men I didn’t know, but was touched by their servants’ hearts and generous smiles!
Carole Kelleher and Michelle Klink led an amazing team of Saturday morning volunteers: David and Eric Craven, Carl Fazio, Lisa Franco, Scott Ingerman, Clay and Sibylle Kinley, Cole and Dylan Miller, Spencer Goodwin, Dean Kim, Jack Linderman, Ryan Murphy, Tim Sullivan, Preston Turk and Michael Williams who worked with Jose Figueroa and our phenomenal WHS custodial team on setup both at Fujitani Field and the relocation to the field house.
Ann Margaret Mannix and Kelly Lash led our refreshment team including Karen and Isabel Silverberg, Katie Schmidt, Bridgette Wall and Caroline Coffey in decorating, setting up and cleaning up the field tent, and then relocating hundreds of cookies and drinks to the cafeteria last minute!
Finally, a sincere thanks to Principal O’Donnell and the Wilton High School administrative staff and Cooper Pellaton and the student government team who led the way to make Graduation Day a success for all! From Friday’s handing out of caps, gowns and senior gifts through graduation exercises Saturday evening, thank you for all you did to make the celebration all about the students! A special thank you also to our Friday volunteers: Jen Albee, Evelyn Gladstein, Margaret Glynn Pamela Hovland, Katie and Sibylle Kinley and Natalia White.
Above all, congratulations to the class of 2015: filled with so many bright, athletic and talented students. Over the years you’ve treated each other and those of us who were blessed to have volunteered in the many PTSA activities you were involved in, with grace and kindness. You will be missed — we can’t wait to see how you will positively affect our world!
Claire Craven
Graduation Chair and Extremely Proud Mother of David, Class of 2015
Wilton, June 22