Elementary School teacher Kelly Zerbe gives her students a smile as big as the balloons they waved at her Friday afternoon at Two Mile County Park. Families of Smedley and Seventh Street elementary schools held a "Quaren-teacher appreciate parade" at the park to show how much they miss their teachers and the feeling was mutual.
Families lined up in the parking lot, many held signs or dressed up as their favorite superhero to wave at the parade of teachers driving slowly passed them. At times the teachers would stop to say hello and thank you. One teacher asked "are you behaving yourself?" to one blushing student standing next to his mother. The students were encouraged to bring signs and noise makers, and were expected they to use their "outside voices."
Kindergarten teacher Jenny "Mama" Mumford seemed to have a blast stopping to say hello to virtually every kid in line along the parade route. She was among the teachers who decorated their vehicles with signs and drove with windows down despite the rain and brisk temperatures.
The signs the parents and kids made were varied but all contained the same overall message - teachers are a valuable part of the community who go above and beyond for the children.
Despite the temperatures, many of the kids kept warm by turning into their favorite superhero outfits.
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