Since schools have closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, teachers, students, and parents (especially parents) are realizing how much they appreciate the place they often take for granted. Not only that, but students are missing their friends and educators, and teachers are really missing their students.
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To help spread some joy and soothe sad hearts, teachers at Prestonwood Elementary school in Dallas, Texas put together a teacher car parade for students. The parade would allow them to see as many students as possible while still practicing social distancing.
In the days leading up to the parade, teachers spread the word using the school’s Facebook page. They posted the announcement, included a map of where the parade would happen (off main roads to avoid traffic issues), and encouraged people to come while standing at least 6 feet apart.
When the day arrived, teachers were welcomed with sidewalk chalk drawings, smiling faces, posters telling them how much they are loved and missed, and parents who have a newfound appreciation for all they do.
The teachers behind the parade wanted to do this for their students to help raise spirits. One teacher told the Washington Post that during the parade, “I told them I missed them and would see them soon, just to give them reassurance.”
However, it seems the parade boosted the morale of the teachers, too. Another staff member told the Washington Post, “There was an overflowing of emotion seeing the kids that we couldn’t give hugs to for over a week.” They were also met with parents holding signs that said “you’re a much better teacher than me,” to which the teachers responded, “Hang in there mommas,” offering even the grown-ups some much-needed reassurance.
During this unique and difficult time, little kids are left in the dark a little bit because they’re old enough to know something is going on but may not be able to fully understand it. These teachers going out of their way to remind their students that they are loved and assure them that they will see them soon helped to lessen worries and offer comfort to the kids, the parents, and themselves.
This parade is the perfect demonstration of the kind of love we all need right now. Share this story with your friends to help inspire your own community to do something similar. We’re all in this together!
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