Children stood on the streets, holding signs and waving as a parade of decorated cars slowly rolled past.
Horns were honking and people were waving and yelling ‘Hi!’ to the excited kids.
Inside the cars were familiar faces, people that the children hadn’t seen in a while – their teachers.
The staff of West Heights Community Elementary School took to the streets on Thursday morning as a way of touching base with their students and bringing a little entertainment and excitement to the sometimes dull social-distancing experience.
“We were really excited because we had all the teachers come out, decorate their cars and even dress up,” explained Mikel Brogan, principal of West Heights.
The parade even had a Mission RCMP and Mission Fire Rescue Services escort along the way.
“We drove by a bunch of our students homes, just to let them know we miss them and we care about them,” he said.
He called it a social-distancing parade.
“We will be ready to support them when we come back and we’re doing our best online of course, but I think it was good for them to see us,” added Brogen.
The parade also toured by Mission Memorial Hospital and several seniors homes just to let them know that the community cares and appreciates all their efforts.
“We just want to share some positivity.”
Other schools have done similar parades. Mission Central Elementary also held a parade by student’s homes on Friday morning and more events like this are expected to take place in the community.