Richmond county school parades through neighborhood to spread school spirit

Richmond county school parades through neighborhood to spread school spirit

After Gov. Roy Cooper extended the closure of North Carolina schools until at least mid-May, teachers and staff at L.J. Bell elementary school knew they had to do something to keep their school spirit alive.

Yesterday, faculty and staff paraded through their students’ neighborhoods in cars with posters decorated with words of encouragement.

“Some of our teachers contacted me over the weekend and said they wanted to parade through some of our neighborhoods to spread cheer and joy and to show our school community that we are in this together,” said Yvonne Gilmer, principal at L.J. Bell Elementary School.

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Students and families stood in their front yards sharing smiles and waving signs with messages like, “We miss you and we love you” and “We love L.J. Bell.”

"The response from our families during the parade was touching,” Gilmer said. “These messages brought a ton of joy and happiness to our staff.”

Gilmer said “The Parade of Love” aligns perfectly with Richmond County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jeff Maple’s message that they are “better together.”

“Isolation can't keep us apart because our hearts are joined,” said Gilmer.

Several other schools in the district are planning parades for their students.