VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) — At least 30 cars of teachers paraded down multiple neighborhoods in Woodford County Saturday morning.
“We're doing this parade as an opportunity to just kind of have some closure to our school year,” said Amanda Nugent, a teacher at Huntstown Elementary. “It’s like a goodbye.”
Children and their parents stood outside while teachers drove by holding signs and yelling ‘I miss yous’ and ‘I love yous’.
“I think that's kind of something they don't even realize that as teachers we need them just as much, if not more, than they need us,” said Nugent.
Brent Roberts is a kindergarten assistant at Huntertown Elementary, where the parade initiated. He said he agrees with the steps the government has taken to keep everyone safe, in regards to closing schools. However, it doesn’t make him miss his students any less.
“This past week I was packing up their belongings [from the classroom] and I was think about each one of them as I was putting all their personal items in a bag and thinking, I wish I was putting all of this in their backpacks and getting a big hug from them and telling them I love them and I can't wait to see them again,” said Roberts.
Students held up handmade signs reading “I miss you” and waved while cars passed. When a teacher they knew drove by, they screamed hello.
“They’re my world, those kids are. And I love them,” said Nugent.
The last day of school for students in Woodford County is May 12. The final workday for teachers is May 21.