Monday, June 1, 2020
El Dia De los Ninos Parade Gives Teachers, Students a Chance to Connect
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Curious George and an Eagle, the school mascot, were among those taking part in the parade.
 
Saturday, May 2, 2020
 

STORY AND PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK

The words “School’s Out” took on a new meaning Thursday at Alturas Dual-Immersion Elementary School.

When the school bell rang for the day, teachers and other staff members jumped into their cars and paraded from O’Donnell Park in Bellevue to Wood River Middle School.

The parade was spurred by El Dia De los Ninos, or Children’s Day, which is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30. Alturas Elementary teachers observe it every year.

 
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Somehow, a gorilla managed to get involved, too.
 

But this year it took on special meaning as it became a way for teachers to say “Hi” to students they haven’t seen since March 13 when schools closed their doors, never to reopen this year, as the Wood River Valley shuttered to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The parade was led by a Hailey police car topped with flashing lights. A fire truck brought up the rear its sirens roaring. And in between were some two dozen cars carrying waving, shouting teachers. Principal Brad Henson waved pom poms.

“We’ve been missing our students,” said Crystal Peck, wearing the school mascot Eagle uniform.

The kids and parents lining the parade route seemed to feel the same way.

 
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Juan Salamanca painted his car.
 

“Most of all I miss my teachers, and my friends,” said Sebastian Roebuck.

“We’ve been missing them, too,” said his father, Chris Roebuck.

Sebastian’s mother Nora Roebuck said she’s been on both ends of missing since she is a preschool teacher who has not been able to engage with her students during the shutdown.

“Schooling at home has been challenging,” she said, “We’ve been learning as we go.”

 
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Art teacher Joni Cashman took to two wheels, instead of four.
 

Kristin Fletcher said she had tears pouring down her cheeks as she laughed and waved and cried.

“It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said. “It was just wonderful.”

 
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Minnie Mouse was able to make an appearance since Disneyland’s been closed.
 
 

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