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Prestonsburg seniors kick off school year with masked meal

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 11:55 AM EDT
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) — Tuesday was the first day of school for Floyd County students, who are starting the school year with virtual learning. For the seniors at Prestonsburg High School, however, the day started off as normal as possible.

The Class of 2021 gathered at the school’s football field early Tuesday morning to kick off its final year by enjoying the last first meal of high school as a group.

They kicked off the morning with prayer and a group rendition of the school’s song. They also gathered for a group photo and had their senior portraits snapped before taking in breakfast.

School officials say it was an attempt to start off an unusual year in the most comforting way, and though the students had to wear masks they were happy to provide some sense of normalcy.

“I think it was really special to see them come together and have their conversations. They’ve missed that. And them having that opportunity, I think, is really important for their social-emotional well-being," said PHS Principal Lori Bricken. “And schools today don’t just have to worry about their students academically, but we also have to worry about them emotionally and mentally."

The students left notes in a time capsule to be opened during their final breakfast at the end of the year, saying they hope to soon be back to whatever normal looks like.

“It felt great. I have missed them so much," said senior Lakesha Hall. “This made me like so much more excited for school.”

Many of the seniors said it was a nice way to begin their final year since they did not expect to gather with their classmates anytime soon.

“It feels great seeing everybody for the first time in a long time," said senior Donovan Justice. “I mean, it feels different. For a long time, it will feel different. But I believe will gradually get into it into the motions and stuff. Hopefully, we’ll have a good year.”

He said it was still a strange feeling, heading home after breakfast to begin the school day.

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