Teachers from North Elementary School drove their cars on a 27-mile parade route through the town of Noblesville for three hours on Sunday in hopes of cheering up their students during this very weird time we’re living in.
Due to social distancing guidelines and national safety precautions put in place because of coronavirus, schools like North Elementary are closed through the end of the school year, forcing classrooms online.
“We’ve gotten to see them on our screens, and there’s nothing like being able to see them face to face,” said second-grade teacher Stephanie Etchison, who helped organize the parade.
As teachers set out on the parade route Sunday, their cars decked in signs and shout outs to their kiddos, students stood in their driveways holding posters and balloons.
“It was challenging not to walk up and hug them. We are elementary teachers and we thrive on their hugs,” Etchison said.
Teachers told families just 24 hours prior that they’d be driving by to wave and honk their horns. Neighbors joined too, and people lined the suburban streets to greet the everyday heroes who shape generations.
The parade included nearly 40 vehicles, each creatively designed with posters and balloons.
Etchison said she had her daughter drive the parade route so she could wave and take video during the joyful event.
“It was really special for everyone involved,” Etchison said, adding that she saw both current and former students along the route.
“We need this as much as they need this.”