Cape Coral, Fla. (June 1, 2020) – Tom Hayden, a candidate for Cape Coral City Council in District 3, has partnered with several Cape Coral businesses and organizations to honor the Class of 2020 at Cape Coral High School with 332 signs that will be on display in front of the high school along Santa Barbara Boulevard, starting June 7.
In this 50th anniversary year celebrating the incorporation of Cape Coral, the signs are a way to recognize the accomplishments of the 41st graduating class of the city’s first high school. The signs will display the graduate’s name, the school logo and “Congratulations Class of 2020.” Hayden and members of the community will be placing the signs along Santa Barbara, beginning at 10 a.m. on June 7. The signs will be displayed through June 13, but graduates are welcome to get their individual sign as a keepsake beginning June 11.
“Congratulations from the Cape Coral community for all your hard work and this fantastic accomplishment,” Hayden said. “We know this is not the graduation you expected, but today’s events should not detract from all the hard work, all the tests taken and homework completed that brings you to the end of this remarkable journey and title of Cape Coral High School graduate.”
Cape Coral businesses and organizations stepped up with donations to have the signs made by Arthur Printing. They include the Rotary Club of Cape Coral, Gary Aubuchon of Aubuchon Homes, Inc., Wayne Kirkwood of Kirkwood Electric Inc., Calusa Certified Marine, LLC, and ACWoodcraft Inc.
“Education and accomplishment means the world to me and these graduates deserve to be recognized by our community,” Hayden said.
Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Hayden graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. He worked 41 years as a journalist in various roles, including as a sportswriter and sports editor at newspapers in Lafayette and Muncie, in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and at The News-Press, where he was also Cape Coral editor and Community Conversations and Senior Engagement editor. Married to Joanne Hayden, they have five children and seven grandchildren. He serves on boards of numerous non-profits and has worked on various projects throughout Cape Coral.