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Community spreads cheer to high school seniors

The Facebook group, Butte County Adopt a Senior 2020 is helping spread some cheer to high school seniors during this difficult time.

Posted: May 2, 2020 6:23 PM
Updated: May 2, 2020 7:02 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- Many graduating high schoolers are not getting that senior year experience because of the coronavirus, but the community is coming together to help spread some cheer to the class of 2020. 

The Facebook group "Butte County Adopt-a-Senior 2020" was created by Lesley Christopher and Monica Harris just a few days ago.

Since then, more than 2,000 members have joined and over 400 high school seniors have been "adopted."

"We wanted them to know the community they come from is a great one," Christopher said.

Stephanie Badame, from Chico, decided to join the group and "adopted" high schooler, Mikayla Billings-Alston, a senior from Inspire School of Arts and Sciences.

"I am meeting them for the first time, I am excited to see her reaction and tell her, congratulations, you did this," said Badame.

Badame gifted Billings-Alston a basket filled with flowers and gift cards from Best Buy, T-Bar, and Dutch Bros. Coffee.

But the page is not just about the gifts, it's also about the connections that are being made and a way to show how far the students have come.

Students and parents can use the page to post pictures of graduating seniors with their story and accomplishments, people can add a comment and "adopt" them.

Senior Mikayla Billings-Alston says, "Just having people reach out and show they care is something amazing."

Her mother, Katie Billings said,  "They've all worked so hard for so long and they deserve to be celebrated."

If you'd like to "adopt" a Butte County high school senior, CLICK HERE. 

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