STOW – Although Gov. Mike DeWine has ordered school to be closed through the rest of the 2019-20 school year, a few activities took place to uplift spirits, including a parade for graduating seniors.

On Friday afternoon elementary and Lakeview students were able to go to their bus stops at their normal drop-off time to wave and say hello to their SMF bus drivers and at 7:20 p.m. Stow-Munroe Falls High School seniors were recognized by staff as the seniors drove around the parking lot loop. The class of 2020 has about 450 graduates.

Photos were to be shared of the stadium and loop celebration event at

"During these difficult times, we will continue to look for creative ways to still bring us safely together," said Superintendent Tom Bratten. "We will be announcing more events in the very near future. We realize the importance that school plays in the lives of students and their families and we are going to continue to try to highlight ways to keep us close."

Currently, the district is keeping graduation date options and locations open, Bratten said. Prom was scheduled for May 16 and graduation was scheduled for May 21 but alternative dates are July 11 for prom and July 16 for graduation.

"We are hoping that those options will not go away with time and that we are able to honor our seniors as best as we can under the circumstances," Bratten said.

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