Hamagrael Elementary parade
EDITOR’S NOTE: The date of the Hamagrael parade is Monday, April 6.
DELMAR — One good turn deserves another.
Teachers and staff of Bethlehem Central’s Hamagrael Elementary lined in procession to parade before their students with signs expressing encouragement and love Monday afternoon, April 6.
Students have been out of the classroom since mid-March, most learning lessons from parents juggling day the Three Rs with their own career obligations. The stress of recent days has been impacted by the sudden and prolonged separation between children and their teachers. To address this, communities have organized makeshift parades to bring familiar faces back to kids.
The parade kicked off at noon and meandered through the Old Delmar neighborhood for an hour. Many of those who stopped to watch enjoyed the warm spring day from their front lawns. Families were tipped off of the plans a week before, allowing several of them to share their gratitude towards their child’s teacher.
“Thank you for loving our kids,” read one sign in orange and black, Bethlehem Central’s school colors. Several signs shared the slogan “Hamagrael Strong,” while many more were adorned with colorful rainbows.
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Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.