MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — Teachers, coaches, staff, and the Panther mascot of Middle Township High School surprised members of the Class of 2020 with a visit Monday, dropping off celebratory yard signs to students' homes.

The gesture was a way to honor the graduating class, which has endured weeks of home instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic that closed schools in mid-March.

"We wanted to let the senior class know how much we love, miss, and appreciate them," Principal George West said.

Vice Principal Sharon Rementer organized the event named "Operation Deliver Smiles," West said.

"This is just another example of our school community pulling together to recognize our most prized possessions, our students," he said.

Schools in New Jersey will remain closed until at least May 15, at which point the governor said he will reassess the situation.

The district also sent out a school bus to parade through town draped in Panther pride, to show support, respect, and love for the students. 

Staff Writer

I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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