Elementary school hosts staff 'parade' to say 'hi' to students

Posted at 10:23 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 23:33:42-04

MT. JULIET, Tenn (WTVF) — Since COVID-19 has shut down schools for the next month, teachers are finding new ways to teach their students. But school isn't all about academics.

That's why Springdale Elementary School organized a "Panther Parade" Wednesday to say "hi" to many of their students, while still respecting social distancing.

Springdale Principal Christine Miller helped organize the event, which brought out many students and their families to their porches, waving at their favorite teachers and staff as they drove by in their cars.

The parade took on special significance because many of the neighborhoods the teachers went through were also hit hard by the tornadoes that ripped through middle Tennessee earlier this month.

"A lot of our parents and families have been displaced, Miller said. "A lot of teachers and their families were injured in the tornadoes."

Many kids made posters at home to bring out to show their teachers as they drove by.

"I miss lots of the teachers I get to see most of the month, i just really miss them a lot," said elementary school student Owen Jackson.

In Wilson county and across the state, school may not be in session. But who says lessons have to be confined to a classroom.

"We are showing love and showing support and just knowing that, we will we will work through this," Miller said.

Springdale isn't the only school holding parades to see students. Teachers of Cheatham County Schools drove through neighborhoods Wednesday.