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Monterrey families show love for teachers with parade

Juno Ogle Photo Aryelle Gomez, right, waves to teachers as she and Jordan Rodriguez hold a sign Friday during a Teacher Appreciation Week parade on South Union Avenue across from Monterrey Elementary School. Javen Rodriguez, left, and Essiah Auitia watch as teachers drive by.

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After a month of at-home learning, students and parents of Monterrey Elementary School showed just how much they love their teachers with a parade early Friday afternoon.

Roswell City Fire Department trucks with sirens and horns blaring led the procession of vehicles on South Union Avenue from West Jaffa Street north past Martin Luther King Jr. Community Park and the school to West Gayle Street. Families lined the street, waving and cheering from parked cars or the sidewalks, some holding signs with greetings to particular teachers or with messages for all.

The Monterrey Elementary Parent Advisory Committee organized the parade as part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which is recognized nationally.

“In the process, it gives teachers and students an opportunity to see each other,” Principal Greg Torres said.

Teachers took that opportunity to show their appreciation to their students, too. Many decorated the vehicles they were in with their classroom decor theme or posted signs with messages to their students saying they were missed.

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“To me, it means a lot because you can see the kids’ love, and when I got to see my students, I felt like crying. I felt like jumping out and hugging them,” said third-grade teacher Blanca Dykstra.

She rode in her daughter’s car decorated in a Lego theme like her classroom, each of her students’ names printed on signs on the sides of the car.

Hector Gabaldon, also a third-grade teacher, waved to students from the back of a pickup decorated with characters from the Mario series of video games. He said the parade was as much for the students as for the teachers.

“For us to have this for them sure makes them happy,” he said.

The procession of cars made its way up South Union, where the teachers then turned into a parking lot for curbside delivery of a Rib Crib lunch provided by the advisory committee. Torres handed out gift certificates donated by Dairy Queen, McDonald’s and Classics.

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City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.


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