Class of 2022 produces video for front line workers

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Makayla Archambeault

Sophomore Makayla Archambeault holds her sign up during her video submission for the Class of 2022's thank you video for front line workers.

Corren Tipton, Assistant News Editor

“The other officers and I wanted to express our gratitude for all of those risking their lives every day in order to keep us safe. We thought this would be a heartfelt and fun way to not only thank everyone but to bring our school together as a community,” sophomore class president Aashish Allu said.

On April 7, the Class of 2022 officers announced on their Instagram page that they would be collecting pictures and videos sent in by students containing encouraging and thankful messages for those fighting against COVID-19 on the front lines.

“Our intention for this project was to resonate an idea of thanks and togetherness during a time when people in our community would usually feel alone or isolated,” co-communications chair Talia Parr said.

All submissions were compiled into one video and that will be released on Instagram and Twitter to recognize the work those on the front lines are putting in to keep everyone safe and diminish the spread of COVID-19.

“The doctors, nurses, grocers, first responders and educators are America’s true heroes in this fight. If we’re able to make their days any easier, that’s all we could ask for,” co-communications chair Brad Simmons said.

The initial goal was to conduct an end-of-the-year service project, but when the stay at home order was put into effect, this task became more challenging. Instead, the officers turned to technology.

“From this video, I’m hoping to connect the Lafayette community together amidst this pandemic and express our gratitude to every single person risking their lives for our wellbeing,” vice-president Pooja Reddy said.

Although the original deadline was April 17, the officers are still accepting submissions. So far, the results have been many and positive. The officers received a variety of videos of students and staff, pictures of signs and even people singing. 

“Right now we have around 15 submissions, including the officers’ submissions. We initially didn’t have a goal, but now we’re aiming for around 16 to 20, but the fact that we even got one is heartwarming!” Parr said.

Sophomore Grace Rigabar submitted a photo that featured a thank-you written on her whiteboard.

I just want people to feel loved and appreciated,” Rigabar said. “[I] know how hard they are working to make a difference, and it’s making a great impact in the world. We are so thankful for them.”