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Newfane teachers spread hope and love through car parade

Posted at 6:38 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 18:38:45-04

NEWFANE, N.Y. (WKBW) — When you ask the children of Newfane how much they miss their teachers, the answer is a simple "so much".

Newfane, along with most school districts, has been closed for almost two weeks.

But Thursday was a special day because Newfane elementary, middle, and high school teachers were finally reunited with their students.

"I'm so excited to see the smiling faces, I'm excited to have some more connection, even if it's from a distance," Molly Sheldon, a 4th grade teacher, said. "I think it will be great for the kids and even better for each one of us to fill up our cups."

Sheldon saw the idea from another school district and figured she'd bring it to Newfane. The response was overwhelming with nearly every teacher taking part. All of them had signs on their cars sharing one main message.

"We're here for them and we want them all to know that," Sheldon said.

One by one the teachers followed each other in their cars, forming a parade line through the streets of Newfane. As teachers waved to students in their cars, students hung out in their yards, waving back and holding up their own messages. It may be a small school district, but they have a whole lot of love."

"We are a community," Sheldon said. "We are part of each other's lives and this is something that will share hope and bring hope to our students and our teachers."

Hope that a regular school day is on the horizon, but for now, Thursday's parade meant everything. Molly encourages other school districts to do the same.

"Get your students ready to learn again, even if it's from a distance," she said. "Just let them know that you love them and you'll be back together soon."