With high school and college graduations either on hold or held virtually, local graduates and their families are feeling the sting of the novel coronavirus.
That’s why Six Rivers Media’s five local newspapers, including the Times News, are stepping up to help honor these students’ journeys and accomplishments with a new free feature, “Honor My Grad.”
On each newspaper’s website, parents will find a way to post photos and list their graduates’ achievements online for a year. This special “Honor My Graduate” directory can be found directly beneath the logo on the website. You also can reach the Times News’ special page directly at contests.timesnews.net/honor-my-grad.
Users just need to click, upload a photo, choose a school and fill out a simple form. Parents and grandparents can honor their graduates from local high schools, other high schools, and even colleges.
“With all of the uncertainty about whether graduations will happen,” project coordinator Richard Clark said, “we just wanted to provide a very public way for parents to be able to brag on their graduates without requiring any purchase.
“I have a high school senior of my own this year and was really disappointed that she wouldn’t get to be recognized for her achievement,” he said. “Graduation is a big deal, and this gives me a way to tell everyone how proud we are of her. It sure beats a simple social media post.”
Clark noted that during the COVID-19 crisis, page views on timesnews.net have soared, and the “Honor My Grad” feature shows up on every page of the website.
“I really like the idea of featuring my daughter in such a trusted news environment,” he said. “I encourage all area parents and grandparents to add their graduates’ photos.”
Along with the Times News, newspapers participating in “Honor My Grad” are the Johnson City Press, The Erwin Record, The Herald & Tribune in Jonesborough and The Tomahawk in Mountain City.