Lining Main Street Keokuk With Our Senior Graduates

Written by on April 30, 2020

Committee comes together to form the KHS Seniors 2020 Main Street Banners project.

Senior Banner Project 2020

The class of 2020 across the nation and around the world is dealing with disappointment while adapting to a new norm…and so are the parents that have eagerly anticipated these senior moments since the first day of Kindergarten.

What should have been the most exciting time for a senior has turned into a series of disappointments…no prom, no Senior Skip Day, no final days with classmates, and the pomp and circumstances of a traditional graduation are out the door.

“The great news is that people are resilient and creative,” said Leah Jones, Co-Chairperson of the Senior Banner Project. “Fun new ways of marking the important milestone that is high school graduation are in the works and we are pleased to announce that a Senior Banner Project honoring the 2020 graduating class of Keokuk High School is underway.”

“Local business, Sun Signs was awarded the contract to produce one hundred twenty-four double-sided, full-color, vinyl banners,” said Nicki Dochterman, Project Co-Chair. Each banner will feature two graduates. The banners will be installed on the sixty-four period light poles that line Main Street. The targeted date for banners to go on display is early June and will remain up through August 2020. “We are excited to have such a visible way for the entire community to help celebrate the Class of 2020 and the timing could not be better,” said Dochterman referring to the recent announcement of plans for a KHS Graduation Ceremony on June 27.”

“Of course the project could not happen without funding,” said Joyce Glasscock, Executive Director, Main Street Keokuk, Inc. and Keokuk Cultural & Entertainment District. The cost of each double-sided banner is $59.28. “Roquette, Inc. has come on board with a donation toward the cost of the project and already community businesses, individuals, and parents have come forward with offers of funding assistance.” MSKI/KCED is accepting funds on behalf of the project.

Those interested in helping cover the cost of the banners should make checks payable to Keokuk Cultural and Entertainment District (KCED) Senior Banner Project 2020 or donate online.
Mailed donations can be sent to:
KCED Senior Banner Project 2020
c/o Pilot Grove Savings Bank
601 Main Street
Keokuk, IA 52632

Donate online here:

Graduates may submit their photos online at

“Every graduate will be recognized,” said Jones. “If for any reason a graduate does not submit a photo, that graduate’s banner will feature the name of the graduate.” Leah Jones and other members of the Senior Banner Project team are also available to take high quality photos at no charge. Contact any team member to make arrangements.

In addition to Jones, Dochterman, and Glasscock, Adam Magliari, KHS Principal, Christine Barnes, Keokuk School District Superintendent, and Zach Summers, KHS Athletic Director, offered advice and direction on the project and are helping to ensure that every graduate has the opportunity to participate.

Questions about the Senior Banner Project 2020 should be addressed to Jones, Dochterman, or Glasscock.

Joyce Glasscock, 319.524.5056 or
Leah Jones, 319.524.5410 or
Nicki Dochterman, 319.520.7948 or

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