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GIPS ends school year with reverse parade during material drop-off

Updated: May. 19, 2021 at 7:29 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The school year has come to an end for Grand Island Public Schools and staff got creative with how they wanted to end the year.

On Wednesday they held a reverse parade for students to drop off their school books and materials and to see their teachers.

For some teachers, this was the first time they’ve seen their students in-person all year.

“I think for them it’s kind of strange because they are used to seeing us behind a screen and my mask is off, I don’t have to wear a mask,” teacher Tausha Jones told Local4 News. “So right now they’re kind of like what do we do, we’ve never seen each other and they’re in their cars so we cant go up and give a big old hug like I would love to.”

Jones taught second grade virtual school and she said even though this was her first time meeting her kids, they were still able to build a bond this last year.

“I think I have more connection with my students now just because I go to their home every day,” Jones said. “I see grandma, I see grandpa. I see mom, I see dad. If I need to talk to them, they just get on zoom. I’m able to talk to parents a lot easier and I’m able to make those connections with the students as well.”

Teachers dressed up like characters from their favorite stories and handed out books for students to read over the summer.

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