Murfreesboro educators hold end of the year parade for students

Posted at 5:53 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 19:46:52-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WTVF) — Just one more day of school remains for the students at Murfreesboro City Schools and on Thursday they got a send off of the ages.

Teachers and staff piled on a bus and a caravan to wave and see their students through the streets.

The parade comes at a bittersweet moment as the district learned of the passing of Director of Schools, Dr. Linda Gilbert on Wednesday from a stroke.

“Dr. Gilbert was an amazing lady, she was an amazing leader, she was Murfreesboro City Schools. She was that leader that lead by example,” said Tiffany Strevel, principal at Black Fox Elementary, “She loved big, she loved the kids, she loved focusing on the whole child; and she really wanted our staff, our students and all of Murfreesboro City to focus on dreaming big and pushing the limits on education.”

Strevel says Gilbert would have wanted them to continue with the end of the year parade.

“If we didn’t do this today, she would be very disappointed in us and she would tell us to get up and get it together, it’s time to go see the kiddos,” said Strevel.

It’s been months since the teachers and staff here at Black Fox elementary got to physically see their students.

And with one day of school left until the summer, these educators decided Thursday’s lesson will be about kindness.

Black Fox staff packed onto school buses and decorated cars to weave in and out of neighborhoods to see their kids.

“We miss these kiddos, I know that our students are missing us as well and getting to see them today will hopefully give us a little closure,” said Strevel.

For weeks the only interaction these students and staff have received between each other has been through a computer screen so the day was extra special.

The last day of school for students at Murfreesboro City Schools is Friday.