JT elementary teachers hold parade for students
The relationship between elementary school teachers and their students goes beyond just learning.
And with the unprecedented shutdown of schools statewide due to coronavirus, you can’t blame students for missing their teachers.
Teachers at LB Morris campus in Jim Thorpe on Thursday decided to do something to show their students they miss them too. They held a parade to say ‘hi’ to their students, while practicing safe social distancing.
“Our kids miss their teachers. These little things they do, I think it goes a long way,” said Pete McElmoyle, an LB Morris parent.
Teachers honked and waved from their cars as they drove through the east side, heights, Broadway, and Leisure Land sections of the borough.
Teachers decorated their vehicles with signs with messages of support for the students.
The students responded by making their own signs and hanging them outside their homes. Families turned out along the route while maintaining social distancing.
In the heights, First grader Sebastian Strubinger and his brother Lucas, a kindergartner, spent about an hour making a sign to show that they miss their teachers.
“I want to go back to school today,” Lucas said.
Down on Broadway, Madison Marks, a kindergartner and her sister Cassidy, 3, waved to teachers from outside their mom’s store, Habitual, which is also closed under the state’s restrictions aimed at slowing coronavirus.
Caitlin Marks said her daughter misses school but as a parent she understands why it’s not possible for them to attend.
“It’s better to be safe than sorry, you’ll never know if you did too much, but you’ll know if you didn’t do enough,” Marks said.
For teachers, the experience of having school closed for an extended period midyear has also been tough.
Dan Rossino said he misses his students tremendously.
“We try to keep in touch with the students through some of the programs we have,” he said.
Jim Thorpe Area School District is preparing to resume classes online. But in the meantime, LB Morris teachers have been sending home activities, websites and using apps to keep their students engaged.
“We’re doing as much as we can online, and before we left we sent work packets to the kids, to hopefully keep them practicing their skills,” first grade teacher Barbara Cerimele said.
Cerimele said it was a great feeling to hold the parade and see so many students past and present.
“I saw a lot of them. They had signs. It was so nice to see them and kids from other years,” she said. “It was just nice to see everybody.”