GROVE CITY – After enduring nearly three months of online-only classes and canceled school activities and athletic seasons, Grove City High School students kicked up their heels Saturday night.

With high school students being denied traditional rites of passage like proms and graduation ceremonies, Grove City Area School District and its residents took steps last week to restore some of what COVID-19 took away. On Thursday, the school district held a dual commencement at the stadium, with the graduating class divided into two groups to maintain social distancing.

On Saturday, in an event organized by eight student mothers, Grove City-area students got to enjoy a prom that began with a grand march at the Guthrie Theater in Grove City and a traditional dinner followed by dancing at the American Legion in Pine Township.

Masks and hand sanitizer were available at the door, and organizers encouraged social distancing.

Both events were part of the new normal in the age of the pandemic, yet they offered a welcome taste of normal life that had so sadly gone missing.

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