FWCS schools celebrating the last day of class with parades

With traditional classroom learning being canceled for the year in Indiana, schools didn't get to have their special last day celebrations. However, schools around the area are taking to the streets to celebrate their students and families.

Posted: May 28, 2020 7:25 PM
Updated: May 29, 2020 1:58 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With traditional classroom learning being canceled for the year in Indiana, schools didn't get to have their special last day celebrations. However, many schools are stepping up and celebrating their students with parades.

A number of different Fort Wayne Community Schools organized parades for their students and families. 

At Bloomingdale Elementary School, Principal Jennifer Evans said the parade was their way to make sure the last day of class was still special.

"The last day of school is always a special day," Evans said. "We usually do a lot of fun things and they get awards, and so this is just our way to say farewell to them and we appreciate their hard work and we can’t wait to see them in August."

During the parades, you could feel the love going from teacher to student as waves of cars passed by.

At Study Elementary, third-grade teacher Hannah Nickeson sais this year has been special, regardless.

"It feels really special this year because we honestly had no idea what would have happened, how things all turned out, but I think just showing them we love them and that we’re here for them, even though we have been apart, I think hopefully, it means as much to the students as it means to all of us," Nickeson said.

Study second-grader Gilberto Garcia described his school year, saying "I really miss school...My favorite thing is I like to play with my two friends Austin and Justin."

Stacy Garner, pre-kindergarten teacher at Study highlighted the importance of celebrating the last day of school. 

Garner said, "Kids move on to another grade, some of them move on to other schools, so it’s important to let them know that we care about them."

From organizing online learning to reaching out to students to make sure their ok, Evans says all teachers have gone the extra mile to keep connected with their students while maintaining a safe distance.

"We love what we do, we love the youth of America. Our goal is to grow them into great and awesome, and productive citizens. I think if you asked any teacher here, they would tell you they would give up any amount of time and any amount of car decoration or whatever it takes to let them know that we love them and we miss them, and we want to stay connected to them."

Around the corner from Bloomingdale Elementary, Addilynn Landsaw watched her teachers pass by, celebrating her moving from second to third grade, but also celebrating the accomplishments of all students.

"Makes me feel happy to see all my teachers happy and just waiving. I'm all happy that their just running around in their cars, coming through my little house here. It makes me happy inside and outside. It makes me happy."

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