Windsor Elementary teachers send their love — by car

Published 11:23 pm Friday, March 27, 2020

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On Friday, teachers and administrators from Windsor Elementary School went on something of a joy ride. In their decorated cars and SUVs, they drove in and around the town honking horns, waving and calling out to their students and families who stood outside — at a safe social distance, of course.

All this was the school personnel’s way of showing how much the young Hornets were missed. As had been reported on the paper’s website, earlier this week Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year.

Among those waiting to see the parade were Alisha Graney and her children, Connor, 12, and Aislinn, 9. The mother said that for her children, the hardest part is not seeing their friends to school. Nor can they see their father, Kasey, who is stationed on the U.S.S Ford.

Tonya Turner rode around the high school with her children, Bryce, 9 and Madison, 12. When the students are not being homeschooled, they all go bicycling.

Chris Fike and his father, Matthew, brought a sign to show the teachers. The latter is a history teacher in Suffolk, and mentioned that he uses Google Classrooms to conduct lessons for his junior and senior students.

Parked a few yards away were Kristy Bryant and her children, Camden, Hudson, Brooklyn and Braydon to the parade. They enthusiastically waved, especially when the boys saw their teachers.

Much further away were Jaxson Parker and his mother, Jessica Worth. The boy said he’s fine with being out of school, but mom said she thinks he’s getting bored. Her thoughts about the virus are somewhat optimistic. Worth thinks that the worst of the crisis will be over by July or August.