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A parade of educators

Blaise Keller
Updated: March 24, 2020 10:53 PM
Created: March 24, 2020 08:16 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Wednesday will mark a week since Minnesota Governor Tim Walz shut down schools across the state of Minnesota. 

While students and teachers are adjusting to a possible new “normal”, however long it may be, a few teachers found a way to show students that they’re thinking of them.

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If you heard honking, music playing and people cheering in Stewartville on Tuesday, it’s all because of one woman. 

A teacher for more than a decade, Lindsey Dick said making connections with her students is what continues to drive her to teach. 

The Stewartville kindergarten teacher said that while Stewartville’s students were on Spring Break, she saw teachers in the south doing something that she knew she had to bring to Minnesota... a parade. 

"I reached out to our music teacher and said ‘This is a good way, I think, to show them that we support them’,” said Lindsey Dick. 

Not only did she tell her colleague it was a way to support the students, but she also said it showed the students their teachers still want to be a part of their lives even with school closed.

Bonner Elementary School Principal Zane McInroy said that nearly 100% of the staff between the two elementary schools immediately agreed to be a part of the parade. 

With a route that started at Bonner Elementary, it took not only the teachers but their message across the city. 

"This is a time for everybody to stop and appreciate and so, yup, we appreciate our kids but it feels good to have the community say it back to us,” said Stewartville kindergarten teacher Julie Rupprechet. 

Students and parents tried their best to stay 6 feet apart, lined the sidewalks along the route waving as their teachers, both past and present, drove by. 

One of those students, 2nd grader Kendra Holtan, was setting up her seat with her brother nearly an hour before the parade began.

Her mother, Michelle Holtan, said the parents miss the teachers as well, if not more than the students. 

Holtan said her daughter misses how Bonner Elementary kept her engaged as well as her teacher who Kendra said is very “nice”. 


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