Heart-warming parade for students and teachers from Virgil Mills Elementary School

Social distancing wasn’t going to keep them from saying hello in a special way.

Heart-warming parade for students and teachers from Virgil Mills Elementary School
The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students. (Source: Katherine Choate)

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A parade through a Manatee County neighborhood spread cheer for staff and students alike from Virgil Mills Elementary School.

The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.
The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.

Kindergarten teacher Katherine Choate told ABC7, “Today was one of the best days of my career! It was filled with so many emotions, seeing our Mills Families supporting us and loving us from afar.”

The Friday parade was blasted on social media so all parents and students knew to come outside at the right time to say hello. There were signs, chalk drawing and cheers are the parade went down the streets.

The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.
The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.

Choate added “We miss our kiddos and today was what we needed for us to start our new learning adventure on Monday.”

The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.
The staff at Virgil Mills Elementary School in Manatee County held a parade through the school neighborhoods to social distance while still seeing students.

Computers were also handed out to students in the morning to get ready for remote learning.

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