The Wall High School Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony, Saturday, May 21st, was an event full of accomplishment, encouragement and excitement. For graduates, graduation can mean the start of a new life in a new place with new people and new adventures. In a time of such transition, Mayor Marty Huether reminded the class that although change and new adventures are exciting, Wall is a wonderful place to call home.
“You can go anywhere from here, and you should,” Mayor Huether told the graduates. “Go out into the world and experience life, and then, come back! Come back and set your roots deep in our community. We want you and we need you! We want you to come back for jobs, to start a business, to raise a family.”
Mayor Huether’s presentation was part of the first ever Mailbox Project, organized by The City of Wall, Wall Chamber of Commerce, Wall Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wall High School and local businesses.
The City of Wall sponsored 19 mailboxes, one for each graduate. The mailboxes were decorated with each student’s last name, a blank address space, and “Wall, SD”. The idea is for graduates to fill in the address when they return to Wall. Inside each mailbox, graduates received a letter written by Mayor Huether, thank you letters from Wall City Council members, and various additions made by businesses and other community groups.
“We want to encourage our young people not to forget that their ideas and dreams are never too small,” Wall Chamber Director Cindy Schuler said. “They can get a great start right here in their hometown!”
The Mailbox Project partners are looking forward to feedback from this first time program.
“We hope it will make an impact in regards to long-term workforce development efforts,” Cheyenne McGriff, WEDC Executive Director said. “We want to focus on growing our own, and it starts with our students.”
“The Wall School District is excited to be a part of the Mailbox Initiative for our graduating seniors. We wish them much success and hopefully a return to the Wall community at some point in their careers,” Wall Superintendent Cooper Garnos stated.
If you would like to learn more about the Mailbox Project or any other workforce recruitment and development efforts, you can contact WEDC Executive Director Cheyenne McGriff at 605-279-2658 or [email protected].