With large graduation events cancelled this spring, the management of Geissler’s Supermarket in East Windsor put together a COVID-safe ceremony for their senior workers right in their spacious workplace.
The employee-honorees, set to graduate from area high schools this June, were celebrated with large posters of their smiling faces displayed in the Geissler’s parking lot on the Sunday afternoon of their graduation pageant attended by family members.
Inside the store they wore “Class of 2020” face masks and caps and gowns (supplied by the Hometown Foundation). Guests also followed the masked protocol and, along with the graduates, were seated at safe distances from each other.
Judy Guthrie, the front end manager of the store, came up with the idea, inspired by the way she witnessed the young store workers rise to the challenge of being essential workers during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” coronavirus mandate.
She recently told the Journal Inquirer, “These kids wanted to come to work, they wanted to contribute . . . these employees really felt the need to work and help the community.”
Store manager Cindy Collet assisted in the planning of the event. East Windsor First Selectman Jason Bowsza addressed the graduated and their guests.
Among the seniors honored at the Geissler’s graduation ceremony were, clockwise, Henri Desroches, Mercedes Dacis, Daniel Bensen, and Connor Swanson.
Also honored, clockwise, were Samantha Spadaro, Erin Christianson, Emily Bursztyn, and Katharine D’Onofrio. Graduate Tim Little is not pictured.
Photos courtesy of Geissler’s Supermarket.
By Laura Hayden