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Little Hocking Elementary School maintains parade

Many students brought gifts for their teachers as they drove by to say goodbye to the teachers and school building on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

LITTLE HOCKING — Students and teachers of Little Hocking Elementary School rang out the end of the school year with signs, bells and horns during their end of the year parade Saturday.

“It’s hard to see them just from a distance but I am glad they are doing well,” said Christin Kidd, a third grade teacher at Little Hocking Elementary.

The parade was not only a way for teachers and students to say goodbye to each other, but goodbye to the school building.

According to Robin Carter, principal of Little Hocking Elementary, the Little Hocking Elementary School building is closing and the students will all start the school year at Warren Elementary.

“It has been a crazy goodbye with a lot of emotions,” said Nerissa Hall, a fourth grade teacher with Little Hocking Elementary. “I have been here 21 years and it’s very bittersweet to think this is our last year here, but I am looking forward to the future.”

Nerissa Hall, Amber Place and Lori Greuey, fourth grade teachers at Little Hocking Elementary School hold signs up for students to see as they drive by the school in the parade. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

The teachers from Little Hocking Elementary will be teaching at the new building.

“I am sad that the students had to miss out on so many end of the year activities and field trips,” said Beth Maidens, a kindergarten teacher at Little Hocking Elementary.

She said she kept up with her students over Facebook. “I used Facebook live to read to them.”

Maidens said the parents were a great help when it came to keeping the kids engaged in learning through the completion of the school year.

“Although we couldn’t go places like the planetarium, we were able to continue the students learning online and do fun projects,” she said.

Parents of students from Little Hocking Elementary drove them through a parade at the school building to say their goodbyes to the teachers. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Although fortunate enough to be able to keep up with her students, Maidens said nothing could ever replace the one-on-one contact she is able to have in a classroom.

“After 20 years here it is just hard to believe I won’t be coming back to this building.”

Madeline Scarborough can be reached at mscarborough@newsandsentinel.com

Many students brought gifts for their teachers as they drove by to say goodbye to the teachers and school building on Saturday. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

Parents of students from Little Hocking Elementary drove them through a parade at the school building to say their goodbyes to the teachers. (Photo by Madeline Scarborough)

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