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Lathrop High graduates sign time capsule
Members of the Class of 2020 met one last time on Wednesday to pick up their diploma covers and sign the class banner.

Members of Lathrop High's Class of 2020 finally closed the chapter of an unforgettable time of their young lives.

On Wednesday, they placed current photos along with letters to themselves on life during the global COVID-19 pandemic coupled with journal entries, academic / athletic patches, and other high school mementos into a time capsule scheduled to be open in 2030.

"It gave them some closure," said Principal Greg Leland on the drive-thru event which included the picking up of diploma covers and signing of the class banner.

He noted that the one last event for the graduates -- they were unable to do anything close to the traditional commencement exercise due to the uptick of coronavirus cases in San Joaquin County -- was the brainchild of Activities Director Allison Birakos and the Senior Class officers.

The time capsule will be placed high in the rafters of the leadership classroom and scheduled for opening some 10 years from now.

About 150 of the 270 or so members of the graduating class made it to the Senior Time Capsule Drop-off & Banner Signing event.

They dropped off anything that can fit into a Ziploc plastic bag including a lifetime of memories in unusual times.

"It was a nice turnout," Leland said.