Deborah Wortham has stressed character during her first year as superintendent of the York City School District.
"That's what I want. I want students to be able to articulate, to ... have solutions," she said recently.
Some of the students, at least, received that message loud and clear.
When school officials moved this year's graduation from the Toyota Arena at the Expo Center to the high school auditorium, some seniors were upset because limited seating would mean only four family members per graduate could attend the ceremony.
They could have made a stink until, perhaps, they got their way.
Instead, a group of them made their case until the administration saw it their way.
Senior class president Marissa Scone and other classmates invited Wortham to the school to talk about the graduation, which they wanted to have outside at Small Field.
When the superintendent arrived, she was greeted by students wearing suits, ties and dresses, armed with infographics. They showed how they would help raise funds to offset the cost of the ceremony and offered to help in any other way possible.
Wortham said she was "shocked" -- and the seniors got their wish.
The commencement will be held June 8 at Small Field.
In the meantime, the students will have a fundraiser today through Isaac's restaurant in Springettsbury Township, which will donate a portion of meals served to anyone presenting a flier
The students hope to raise about $3,000 to help cover the cost of decorating the field and renting equipment.
Wortham said the students' initiative and business-like attitudes were exactly what she wanted to see.
Those are attributes that will take them far in life, long after their well-earned, outdoor graduation ceremony.
We wish them the best (as well as clear, blue skies June 8).