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story.lead_photo.caption South Callaway players take part in a cage drill during a 2019 practice at the high school in Mokane. Photo by Ryan Boland / Fulton Sun.

South Callaway High School's homecoming and the events preceding it are still happening but look a little different this year.

As COVID-19 has changed the parameters of school activities, events like homecoming have been affected, too.

South Callaway R-2 Superintendent Kevin Hillman said the response to changes has been twofold.

"The kids are excited to get back to some type of activity — these are exciting things for kids in school — and yet, they are facing restrictions on them for the first time maybe ever," Hillman said. "We weigh in on those things and also want them to have fun, even though it's not quite the same."

In a year that's been Greek to everyone, South Callaway's homecoming theme is only fitting — "Greek Week."

Each day, students have the opportunity to dress up or take part in scavenger hunts. Tuesday was "Toga Tuesday," today will be "Greek life" day with students dressing as fraternity or sorority members and Friday will be a "white-out" in honor of the homecoming football game.

"Planning has been really good this year," homecoming planner and media specialist Olivia Brandt said. "We have had to think outside the box a little with restrictions, but the kids have been really adaptable."

Brandt said they will treat this week like they would any other this year, regularly checking students' temperatures and wearing face masks. There will not be a dance after the homecoming game Friday night because social distancing couldn't be achieved, but they have other plans.

The king and queen will be crowned at halftime of Friday's football game, and instead of the usual coronation dance after the game, students can socialize on the field with music accompanying. There will also be a choreographed dance number — Brandt said it will look more like "outdoor social time" than their usual dance in the high school commons area.

"We still wanted to celebrate and have a fun activity but couldn't do that in a tiny space," she said.

Even though this year will look different, Hillman said students, parents and staff have all worked hard to make it possible.

"We're trying to create some fun, even though it won't be the same," he said. "I think the kids have enjoyed having a taste of some normalcy."

The homecoming game will start at 7 p.m. Friday at South Callaway High School's football field.

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