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The COVID-19 pandemic means that the Class of 2020 holds a very special place worldwide, be it grade school or higher education. These students are applauded for holding their heads high, even though they were unable to finish classes in the normal way, and not able to celebrate their achievements.

Suru Afariogun is one such scholar. Heading to Edward Murrow High School, the son of Moshood Afariogun, founder of Moshood Creations and the education activist Debora Zokoue, Suru just celebrated his middle school graduation from Dock Street School.

“We are so proud of your success. Although it was not easy at the time, you never gave up and put in hard work,” said his mom, who also serves as the school’s PTA secretary.

“We continue to cheer you up as the journey of your education continues. We pray that God showers you with His grace, strength, wisdom, and love as you carve your path to greatness. Happy graduation.”

Zokoue told the Amsterdam News, “We would love to recognize the whole PTA team. They did a phenomenal job especially Cynthia McKnight who fought so hard for the creation of the middle school and she made sure all students from poor or low-income families had access to opportunities. My son had a full scholarship for the SHSAT prep thanks to the partnership of the PTA and Admission Squad.”