How to Reach Graduating High School Seniors In the Era of Covid-19

by Pam Maldonado


Serena Cummins and her Senior Check-Out Day committee were hard at work firming up details for one of Voter Service’s annual activities – registering graduating seniors as they pick up their caps and gowns at approximately a dozen Title I schools in Palm Beach County. But then along came the Coronavirus pandemic, which shut down schools and dashed the hopes of graduates who dreamed of walking across the stage to receive their diplomas. The graduates’ disappointment is shared by a large group of League volunteers who look forward to participating in this joyous activity every year. Last year they registered over 800 graduates! It is a very exciting time for our Young Leaguers because all of the students are 18 or older and are immediately eligible to vote. The thought of losing access to this huge group was heartbreaking. What to do…?Graduating HS seniors & COVID-19Then along came Corinne Miller who pointed out that the School Board would have to mail 18,000 diplomas and maybe we could convince them to include voter registration information along with them. She quickly passed the idea on to League member and School Board District 3 representative, Karen Brill, who presented it to the entire Board, where it was enthusiastically received. No further details are available at this time because this information is HOT OFF THE PRESS, just in time for my deadline. As the New York Times would say, “this is a developing story,” so stay tuned for updates.


Details will follow as plans are firmed up. Thank you, Corinne and Karen for a great idea and fast action to get this project approved!