High school students from the region celebrate the ball
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – On Saturday night, several school districts in our area hosted a graduation party.
For many, it was the first time all together thanks to virtual learning.
A dance in Lebanon County hardly took place. The Palmyra School Board actually called off the ball several weeks ago, but parents and local businesses decided to step in and do it anyway at a local sports complex, “In The Net.”
In a year where events have been canceled and learning has mostly taken place at home, it’s nice to see yourself in person.
“It’s phenomenal. The children are for that. Everyone is for it, ”said Sean Reedy, a parent and prom organizer. “They need normality and that’s a bit normal.”
The dance floor was above an indoor soccer field, but for the seniors it didn’t matter.
“To be honest, I didn’t think we were going to have anything, so it’s really nice to dress up and bring everyone out,” said CC McHugh, Palmyra High School.
“We couldn’t stand idly by because our daughters were both juniors last year, couldn’t have a comeback last year, couldn’t have come home this year and decided to do something, ”Reedy said.
All the food and even the facilities were donated.
“When we said we were going to do something, everyone jumped in and said how can we help?” said Michele McHugh, who also helped organize the event.
The only entry fee was a donation of canned food for The Caring Cupboard, a local charity.
At Harrisburg High School, they rolled out the red carpet for an outdoor celebration.
“We are delighted to be able to offer this to our students this year,” said Dr. Susan Sneath, Director of Studies for the Harrisburg School District. “They have had a really tumultuous year and just being able to give a sense of normalcy before graduation is really exciting for us to be able to support them.
Sneath said it was the students who decided to have a ball on the football field.
“We have a little party there, music, candy. We just get to spend it with our friends and that’s the important thing, ”said Alondra Rivera of Harrisburg High School.
It was a last chance to get together and socialize before their graduation next month and they looked good doing it.
“They do it here, I’ll tell you. Gorgeous, ”Sneath said.