'I miss them already': Port Washington teachers throw parade for students

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 19:43:19-04

PORT WASHINGTON — For the first time since March 13th, students and teachers at Lincoln Elementary School in Port Washington got to see each other in-person.

"It was surreal we saw students past and present and future there were some little guys down there," Lizzie Prill, a teacher at Lincoln Elementary, said.

For an hour and a half, teachers paraded through Port Washington in their cars honking, waving, and shouting hello to students they haven't seen in over two weeks due to the coronavirus.

"I wish that would happen every week or something," Simon Gilhooly, a 4th grader, said.

Simon, his brother, and two sisters all greeted their past and current teachers from their driveway, making sure to keep a safe social distance between them and the teachers.

Simon Gilhooly and his brother Max eagerly await to see their teachers at the parade.

While it's unclear when students will be able to return to in-person classes, this kind of gesture from the teachers is huge for students like Simon.

"It felt really good to see them like I miss them already," he said after the parade had rolled by him.

In the hour and a half that the teachers rode around Port Washington, they saw about 300 students, which is almost the entire enrollment at the school.

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