Teachers caravan through neighborhoods to show students they care

Students line up with posters, signs to share the love

Clay County teachers are letting students know they are here for them, even though they can't physically be in the classroom together right now. They demonstrated this with a parade.

Teachers from elementary schools in Clay and Nassau counties paraded through the students’ neighborhoods to make sure the children know they are missed.

Two News4Jax viewers sent heartwarming photos of teachers from Shadowlawn Elementary School in Middleburg and Wildlight Elementary in Yulee driving through the neighborhoods over the weekend and waving at the children, some in vehicles decorated with messages like, “We love you."

Teachers decorated their cars with messages for the students. (Courtesy of News4Jax viewer)

The Clay County viewer told News4Jax teachers encouraged families to participate in the event by sending an alert through the school’s app as well as posting information online.

The students in both neighborhoods made signs for their teachers saying they missed them.

Wildlight Elementary School students hold signs during a neighborhood parade by their teachers. (Courtesy of News4Jax viewer)

Both parades over the weekend lasted for a couple of hours.

On Tuesday, dozens of Argyle Elementary School teachers and staff also drove through the neighborhood to say hi to their students.

“I just said hi and, on the inside, I was just so excited and I just felt like this is awesome,” said Argyle Elementary School student Elias Hernandez. “Most of the teachers there love me, they think I’m awesome. So I really miss them.”

Hernandez was right -- the teachers really do miss them.

Argyle Elementary School student Elias Hernandez waves to teachers on Tuesday. (WJXT)

“Honestly, the empty school behind us is not a school without those kids behind us,” said Argyle Elementary Principal Angela Ward.

The children were anxiously waiting at stop signs to get a glimpse of familiar faces. Both the students and the teachers were overjoyed when they saw each other and reconnected -- even if it was just for a few minutes.

“It’s an excitement that I can’t even express in words,” Ward said.

Campuses across the state are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, and students are transitioning to online learning.

Signs on lawns showed support for teachers. (Courtesy of News4Jax viewer)

About the Authors:

A Jacksonville native and proud University of North Florida alum, Francine Frazier has been with News4Jax since 2014 after spending nine years at The Florida Times-Union.