Area students can see their teachers next week — not back in school, but in a “parade” that local educators are organizing.
Teachers and staff members from the Carroll Community School District and Kuemper Catholic School System will converge for a vehicle parade through Carroll at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Students and parents are invited to stand on their porches, yards or driveways to watch for the procession, which will begin at Carroll Middle School and travel to McFarland Clinic, looping through various portions of town at a slow speed.
More than 70 teachers from both schools are signed up to participate so far.
Carroll Police Chief Brad Burke worked with teachers to organize the event and create the route.
“He generously provided his time to help with spreading joy to our kids and community,” organizers said in an email.
Teachers will meet at Carroll Middle School at 6 p.m. Wednesday (and remain in their cars), and the parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. Police escorts will accompany the procession.
The parade is expected to take about an hour; residents along the route will know it's close when they hear honking.
Teachers won't stop their vehicles unless they're leaving the route early.
Organizers have worked up these guidelines to ensure participants maintain social distancing recommendations:
— No one should leave their vehicles.
— No participating teachers should throw candy or other items from their cars.
— No one watching from their houses or yards should approach the vehicles to speak to the teachers, who will honk and wave to say hello.
— No one watching should gather as a group; everyone should stay at their own houses. They'll know the parade is on its way when they hear honking.
Teachers are invited to decorate their cars with vehicle or chalk paint or to make signs, and those watching the parade can make signs as well.
The event is not sponsored by the schools or districts but was organized by individuals.
Teachers in Glidden will hold a similar parade at 10 a.m. Wednesday. In similar fashion, residents are invited to stand outside their homes to watch, but not to approach cars.
The procession will leave the Glidden-Ralston school at 10 a.m. and head down Idaho Street and east on East 1st Street. The route also will cover Arizona, Colorado and Utah streets between East 1st Street and U.S. Highway 30.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include the fact that the rural towns portion of the Carroll parade route has been canceled.