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Elementary teachers give students parade during the COVID-19 pandemic

Elementary teachers give students parade during the COVID-19 pandemic
Posted: 7:19 PM, Mar 26, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-26 21:02:59-04
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Teachers at Grolee Elementary in Opelousas are finding unique ways to stay connected to their students.

One of the ideas, a parade of cars through their students' neighborhoods, sharing hellos from a distance.

"We preach that we're a Grolee family and so when we're not together we miss them, we want to see them," says Grolee principal Brandon Singleton.

As schools across the state remain closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singleton was approached by one teacher after watching a video on social media.

Singleton says, "There was a Facebook video circulating of a school that did it in another part of the country and one of my teachers came forward and said we should do this for our kids. We miss them we want to see them, I'm sure they would want to see us. So we put it out there and majority of our staff turned out and we had a fabulous day."

Grolee student Isiah Renaud was happy to see his teachrs and was hoping to get candy but says, "I'm just gonna be grateful."

Through the uncertainty of when school will reopen, Singleton hopes this encourages the community.

Singleton says, "These are trying times for us all and a little bit of positivity and a little bit of encouragement goes a long way. So hopefully we accomplished that today."

Principal Singleton hopes to be back in school soon, but for the time being, he'll find more activities for teachers and students to interact.