Parents decorate doors for high school seniors missing graduation amid pandemic

Families are decorating their porches and doors to celebrate the high school seniors who are missing graduation, prom and other milestone events as a result of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Darla Pool, a mom of two from Fresno, California, borrowed the idea from other parents on Facebook and encouraged fellow community members to do the same. Dozens of doorways are now decorated as Central High School East is closed until further notice.

PHOTO: Isaiah Frutoz stands in front of his home in California, after his senior year was placed on hold during the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Carol Arredondo)

PHOTO: Families are decorating their porches and doors to celebrate the high school seniors who are missing graduation, prom and other milestone events as a result of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Niko Morales)

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“[My daughter], she’s devastated,” Pool told “Good Morning America,” of her 17-year-old, Katelyn Pool. “They’re getting ready for this new chapter and some of them, they might not see each other again.”

PHOTO: Central High School East senior Miranda Jones’ cheerleading jersey hangs on her front door in Fresno, California. (Miranda Jones)

PHOTO: A door in California is decorated to honor high school senior Carter Anderson and his accomplishments. (Marshonda Robinson)

PHOTO: Families are decorating their porches and doors to celebrate the high school seniors who are missing graduation, prom and other milestone events as a result of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Lisa Loewen)

“I thought, ‘What a great way to give seniors the recognition they deserve?'”

Doors across Fresno are now accessorized with athletic jerseys, instruments, cheer poms, academic awards, medals and senior portraits.

PHOTO: Seen here is a photo of a California door decorated in honor of high school senior Kara Ramos. (Linda Ramos)

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Senior Miranda Jones told “GMA” she’s sad she won’t be able to close out her final high school year with friends.

PHOTO: Keiana Parrish stands in front of her California home after her senior year of high school was postponed due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Parrish Family)

PHOTO: Families are decorating their porches and doors to celebrate the high school seniors who are missing graduation, prom and other milestone events as a result of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Darla Pool)

“If I would’ve known March 13 was the last day of school, I would’ve taken pictures and hugged everyone a little tighter,” she said. “Decorating our doors was a way to connect all of us together, and to remind everyone that we are all in this together.”

PHOTO: Families are decorating their porches and doors to celebrate the high school seniors who are missing graduation, prom and other milestone events as a result of stay-at-home orders amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. (Simone Johnson)

Pool said she’s collecting photos of doors to incorporate into a digital album for families.

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