BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The coronavirus put a halt to many senior traditions.
Blountstown seniors wave as cars process down Pear Street.
"As a mother, I kept thinking of all the things the students were missing out on because of the pandemic," Ladona Kelley, mother of seniors Zeb and Clark said. "Prom was supposed to happen. Their senior trip. Award night. What are they going to do doing graduation night?"
Make a new tradition.
"One last evening where they can just enjoy their classmates together," Kelley continued.
Fpr almost two months, the bad news and cancellations kept coming.
Friday night on Pear Street, nothing but good spirits and a seemingly never-ending line of cars thanks to Kelley and other parents on the Project Graduation team who organized a parade on what would have been graduation night.
"Really, I only thought there would be a few, but there was more than I thought," senior Summer Hill admitted.
132 vehicles; none too small or too big join the festivities.
"The community really came out and I'm really happy about that," Hill added. "We really deserve that as a class going through everything that we did--the hurricane a few years ago now the pandemic."
While seniors lined up on the sidewalk, the procession on the street carried familiar faces for the first time in a long time.
"It means a lot," senior Pennie Kennedy said. "I don't think there was a family in this town that didn't come out to support us which was really nice. We're a very small community and we're tight knit."
Students paraded out with 177 dollar checks, leftover money from Project Graduation events. Maybe school was worth it after all!
"I regretted saying 'I hate being in school' when this whole pandemic started," senior Zatoria ZIggler said. "I started wishing I had never said it. But...I still graduated," she laughed, pointing to her garb.
Even though their time is up in high school, they'll still have one more memory that will last forever.
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