The Waupaca High School Class of 2012 graduated Monday, May 28, leaving a legacy of outstanding sports records, memorable musical numbers and an outstanding academic record.
This class also left its mark for its senior prank.
Traditionally in high schools all over the U.S., the graduating senior class finds it necessary to leave their mark by organizing some sort of prank. While these pranks are usually harmless, they can leave a negative impression about the class for years to come.
This is not the case of the class of 2012, which decided instead to raise money for the Waupaca Community Garden and the Waupaca Food Pantry. They raised $300 for each organization plus several boxes of food by charging a voluntary toll for the students and faculty to park in the school parking lots one morning. The faculty and students were more than happy to donate. The seniors also purchased baked goods to sell at the door of the high school.
I asked one of the students why they chose this particular idea and they said, “We wanted to give back to a community that supported us through our lives.”
The staff of the Waupaca School District is proud of these kids. Their senior prank will be a positive legacy that will follow them for many years to come.