If you've been on the Town Square in the past week, you may have noticed orange ribbons decorating trees and light poles.

Though they resemble surveying markers or signals to save certain trees from being cut down for firewood, they have a much more congratulatory purpose: The ribbons are a celebration of Teton County's graduating seniors.

"We’ve been thinking a lot about these kids. They were born around 9/11, now they're graduating in this time," mom Carolyn Little said. "For me it was heartbreaking to lose the pomp and circumstance that celebrates everything they worked for."

Little's son, Zack, is a senior this year, and she said this is her "only rodeo," because he's an only child. So, she wanted to make sure that her son and the rest of the graduates felt celebrated.

She and a half-dozen moms got together about a week ago and tied the ribbons around "every vertical structure we could," Little said. Even with the massive upheaval and loss of ritual, she said the graduates seem to be taking in stride, so the ribbons might be as much for the parents as the kids.

"I feel like while the kids, many of whom don’t seem too concerned about the typical celebrations, a lot of parents are a little broken hearted," Little said. "That’s what motivated me."

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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