Current conditions still don’t allow for closed-in large gatherings of people as has happened in the past during Senior Appreciation Night. This is a scene from the 2019 Senior Appreciation Night. Courtesy photo
Since 1984 Los Alamos has provided an all-night celebratory event for graduating seniors known as SAN or Senior Appreciation Night.
It is an evening of fun and engaging activities with the intention of providing some structure to the celebration and ensuring the safety of those celebrating their graduation.
The SAN event has been organized by the Los Alamos County Recreation Department, The Family YMCA and supported by numerous community businesses and community organizations, including Kiwanis, which has provided an annual breakfast.
Due to the pandemic, this event clearly could not be held last year. While this year organizers met as a committee and looked at different options as to how to approach this event within the continued restrictions and parameters, they were unable to find a model that would deliver the same amount of engagement and excitement that is part of the tradition.
There will be some smaller activities at the teen center and gift bags will be available for all those graduating this year. Look for more information this week on that as well as a drawing for cash prizes that will be given.
Still, organizers want to make sure that graduating seniors have the opportunity to celebrate their graduation in a way that is befitting their accomplishment. To help make this happen organizers are appealing to the larger community to support seniors by organizing smaller events within neighborhoods, churches or smaller groups of friends.
The tradition of SAN has been to encourage graduating seniors to celebrate this achievement while providing some structure that ensures everyone’s safety. While saddened that the same event that has grown to be something seniors look forward to each year cannot be offered, organizers are hopeful that the community will rally to support seniors in their celebration this week.