Parents organize, fund drive-in 8th-grade celebration for class in lieu of traditional ceremony

A Photo Of The Madison Mallard's Drive In Lot

MADISON, Wis. — An event organized and funded by parents will celebrate a milestone for a Madison middle school’s eighth-grade class that had to cancel their traditional ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, Georgia O’Keeffe Middle School’s eighth-grade class and their families will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class by watching a drive-in movie together. No formal ceremony is planned.

“When it became clear that the normal celebration of our kids’ final year in middle school wasn’t going to be possible, we still wanted to do something special”, said Liz Amundson, the O’Keeffe eighth-grade parent who organized the event. “When we found out the Mallards were doing Drive-In Movies at the Duck Pond and would help us to get this done, we were all in! The kids are excited and we’re looking forward to a memorable 8th grade graduation celebration!”

The movie-watching celebration comes after the team opened up its field to serve as a drive-in movie theater. Later this summer, the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association will host a drive-in educational seminar at the ballpark.

Team officials said any businesses or organizations interested in using the ballpark for events can reach out to for more details.