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Lake Country high school grads surprised to receive mystery gifts on doorsteps

Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Tara Milne
June 26, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Some high school graduates in a Lake Country neighbourhood have been mysteriously receiving notebooks that include words of encouragement in the wake of the cancellation of the usual George Elliot Secondary grad ceremony.

An anonymous neighbour has left the notebooks on doorsteps in The Lakes with the message: “As your new chapter in your life unfolds use this journal to jot down your thoughts, dreams, ambitions and day to day victories."

Tara Gove said in a post to Facebook the gift was left on her doorstep when no one was home. She doesn’t have an idea of how many gifts have been given out but said there are some graduation signs in a few yards around the neighbourhood.

Tara Milne also posted on Facebook after her son received one of the mystery gifts. She said all graduates with signs in their yards received a gift.

“It was super sweet to get. In a year like this those little thoughts make a difference. It changes focus on the positive and lets you know there are people out there that care that you don't even know. My son was surprised,” Milne said.

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Traditional in-person graduation ceremonies have been cancelled across the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures. But that hasn’t stopped some graduating classes from coming up with creative ways to celebrate.

Vernon Christian School held its own drive-in movie theatre graduation

Vernon Secondary School graduates got to partake in the age-old tradition of having their picture taken on the steps on the courthouse, with a little help from Photoshop. They also returned to Suicide Hill in Vernon for a famous graffiti tradition that was last held in 1982.

Merritt Secondary School held a parade for graduates last weekend.

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