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Coventry Oak Elementary teachers hold parade

Posted at 2:54 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 16:38:49-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Some Lexington teachers hit the road on Monday to say hello to their students from a distance.

Staff members from Coventry Oak Elementary kicked off NTI learning with a parade.

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Faculty at Coventry Oak Elementary School decided to hold a parade on Monday, April 6.

“We miss them so much, it’s heartbreaking," Coventry Oak Elementary Assistant Principal By'Shey McDonald said. "This is my life, these are my babies."

Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all schools close to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So back on March 13, many teachers said goodbye to their students, possibly for the last time this school year.

“It breaks my heart. It makes me really sad. Our students need us, we work as a family,” First Grade Teacher Veronica Boller said.

Boller says not seeing her students every day is tough, and that’s why faculty at Coventry Oak Elementary School decided to hold a parade through surrounding neighborhoods.

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Coventry Oak First Grade Teacher Veronica Boller holds up a sign from the parade for Coventry Oak Elementary students.

“I know seeing their faces is going to bring tears to my eyes, and I’m going to try not to get too emotional but I’m just thrilled to see them,” Boller said.

Monday marked the first official day of NTI learning after spring break, and teachers say parents should cut themselves some slack.

“It’s important for them to be comfortable and feel safe right now," Boller explained. "So pressuring or stressing out the family right now is not going to be a good thing."
Educators say it’s a learning curve for everyone, and they’re doing everything they can to support their students and families.

“We love our super scholars and we miss you,” said McDonald.

Coventry Oak Elementary teachers have even started an Instagram page to share what they’ve been up to and stay connected with students.