Area Elementary School Teachers hold parade to brighten their students day

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SALEM, Va. (WFXR) – With K-12 schools being closed for the remainder of the school year, it’s becoming difficult for children and teachers to remain in contact. To help lift spirits of both educators and their students a group of area Elementary School Teachers got together and planned to parade through their students’ neighborhoods.

“We’re staying in our cars, windows are down… several cars are decorated with posters, we’ve written on the windows, again we’ll have the windows down to wave and yell out at them just to say hi and we miss them.”

Lauren Peters – Elementary School Teacher

Technology helps keep teachers in contact with their students, but teachers say it isn’t the same.

“Yeah… I miss my kids, we ZOOMED called them a little bit ago just to say ‘hey’ just to keep in touch but it’s different going from 35 hours a week with the same people… getting to know them, hanging out and then to go from nothing. It’s a little… it’s sad.”

Kate Elmore – Elementary School Teacher

The teachers who got this event together say they plan on doing more of the same in the future.

“My coworker and I had a conversation about maybe organizing it again in a few weeks just to keep moral up for the kids, cause we know this is hard on us and it’s hard on them.”

Lauren Peters – Elementary School Teacher


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