3/30/2020 11:05:00 AM Teachers parade brings joy to students, parents
Young students lined up along the side of the street near Bonner Elementary School wave to Tyne Wynn, an art teacher at Bear Cave Intermediate School, above, as Carly Larson, a first grader at Bonner, at left below, and her mother Tanya, enjoy the teachers parade on Tuesday, March 24.
Watching television over the weekend of March 21-22, Lindsay Dick liked what she saw. School districts in the southern part of the United States, closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), had organized parades during which teachers drove their vehicles around their cities, waving and honking at the students and parents standing along the sides of the streets. With spring break ending on Sunday, March 22, Dick, a kindergarten teacher at Bonner Elementary School, knew that if the 2019-20 school year had proceeded normally, which means without the coronavirus, Stewartville's students would have been back in their classrooms on Monday, March 23. However, to limit the virus's spread, Gov. Walz had earlier issued an order closing Minnesota's public schools from March 18 through March 27. That's why Stewartville's teachers had an eerie feeling when they reported for work on the morning of March 23 with nary a student in sight... For more on this story pick up your copy of the March 31 Stewartville STAR.