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Elcho teen celebrates 18th birthday with drive-by partySubmitted: 03/29/2020
Zack White
Zack White
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Elcho teen celebrates 18th birthday with drive-by party
ELCHO - Social distancing quickly changed how Erica Rusch celebrated her 18th birthday, but her family and friends still wanted to do something for her special day.

"I had a senior who was just heartbroken by the collapse of the senior year and the unpredictable circumstances," said Erica Rusch's mother Jennai Rusch.

Erica Rusch planned to celebrate her 18th birthday surrounded by her family and friends, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans had to be adjusted to fit CDC regulations. 

"With the quarantine and everything like that, I can't celebrate with friends because of social distancing," said Rusch.


Little did the birthday girl know, she was in for quite the surprise.

"I wasn't really expecting it like my teacher showed up my principal showed up," said Rusch

Jennai Rusch organized the small drive by party through her Facebook group, but news of the party spread around town.

Bringing Erica Rusch a birthday celebration like no other.

"Definitely was not expecting any of it," said Rusch.

Rusch got the party idea from social media, she hopes this event helps bring other communities together.

"I think getting in your car and loving up on somebody the same way our community did for Erica", said Rusch. "Just showcases how important it is, because we are all living this together."

Rusch hopes to keep events like this one going in order to stay connected, at a distance.

"I would love to make this event a thing until social distancing is over," said Rusch.


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