Updated: June 02, 2021 07:34 AM
Created: June 01, 2021 10:25 PM
HENRIETTA, N.Y. (WHEC) — High school graduation is coming up for many seniors in our area. With everything the pandemic has thrown at them, getting their diplomas is even more satisfying, and they want to celebrate. Some families in the Rush-Henrietta Central School District (RHCSD) are being denied one form of celebration.
News10NBC spoke with some parents who live in the Riverton Community. They say the homeowners association has denied their request to put out lawn signs for their graduating seniors, those denials with no reasons as to why.
"It's not political, there is nothing offensive about it. I would call it a decorative sign. If I can put a flag in my garden, if I can put that up, why can't I put this sign up for a month?" said Ellen Brown, who has a senior about to graduate.
Brown says the RHCSD made sure every senior had a sign, trying to give them a little something back after a not-so-typical school year. But according to multiple families, it seems as if the Riverton Community Association in West Henrietta will not allow the signs on the lawn.
"The school reached out to the community and groups to get every senior a sign and I applied for permission to put the sign in the yard and it was denied,” Brown said.
Brown says her original request was sent back with a red "Denied" on the right-hand corner. News10NBC spoke with multiple parents who live in the Riverton Community who showed us their letters too and got the same denial. Brown said she has yet to receive any reasoning from the RCA. That signs were allowed last year, but not this year.
"Compared to what we've been through this is a simple request and the fact that the community and all kinds of different groups were donating money to this, someone else paid for this sign for my daughter and we don't even get to display it,” Brown said.
Another parent I spoke with said it’s frustrating because they saw a "Happy Birthday" sign on one of their neighbors' front lawns last week, and according to a newsletter that a parent provided us, it says homeowners have to apply for approval before anything is put on the lawn. If the request is denied they're encouraged to be creative and maybe hang it indoors.
"They suggested that I could put it in the window, but you're not going to see it from the window,” Brown added.
We did reach out to the RCA for a comment on their community's rules and regulations including the reasoning behind denying a request for a lawn sign. They have not yet gotten back to us.
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