In a bittersweet and fun reverse parade on May 21, teachers, staff and administration excitedly supported the Wadena-Deer Creek kindergarten class of 2020.
Students came through the parking lot wearing classroom T-shirts and graduation caps in cars with their families as many times as they wanted. Teachers and paraprofessionals cheered, "You did it!"
Students also received a cookie and a CD of images from the year, which staff, students and family would normally watch together at the graduation ceremony. With the social distancing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers enjoyed the hard but fun parade and hope the drive-thru style of graduation does not continue in future years.
At the end of the parade, elementary principal Louis Rutten said, "This was a fun one."