The COVID-19 outbreak has been putting a damper on our daily lives these past few weeks but helping to calm the storm have been the efforts put forth by the Perry Elementary staff.


Recently that included a Parade of Teachers as Perry Elementary educators and staff paraded through the streets of Perry in their vehicles. The high-spirited endeavor brought families, students and teachers together for a little while. The parade was originally set for Friday, April 3 but due to inclement weather, it was moved to Monday.


“It was a bummer we couldn’t have the parade Friday when we planned but it ended up working really well,” Perry Elementary Assistant Principal Ryan Marzen said. “It was a great way to kick off the week in a positive way.”


Families from pretty much all corners of the city were able to witness the parade which touched as far north as Graceland Avenue, as far east as 31st Street, as far south as Southgate Drive and as far west as West 9th Street.


“We wanted to hit as many spots as possible while still adhering to social distancing and other guidelines,” Marzen said. “We wanted to make sure that families could enjoy the parade without having to congregate in a few locations where large amounts of people might gather. By spreading out the route everybody could enjoy it.”


During such tough times, events like these have been very helpful for the community not only from a positivity standpoint but even from a learning standpoint as Terra Webb pointed out.


“These teachers have done a lot for the kids during these tough times,” said Webb. “If anyone thinks there is no learning going on, they are absolutely wrong because the teachers have gone above and beyond to make this as normal as it can be.”


From the grab-and-go meals to book handouts, and now the parade, the pursuit of normalcy has been one of the many pillars for the Perry Elementary School and staff.


“We’re all going through this together and that’s one thing we’re trying to relay to the kids,” said Perry Elementary fifth-grade teacher Sam Elliot. “There’s no real step-by-step process on how to handle this so anything we can to do help bring things back to normal is huge.”


The parade gave plenty across the City of Perry a little reprieve from the COVID-19 conversation and helped to bring back a slice of familiarity. With recent announcements, the school year has been delayed even further, now through the end of April. At the moment that announcement may bring about negative feelings but for Perry Elementary staff it held more of a promising note.


“We’re all hopeful that school will continue and we’ll do whatever we can to help while we wait,” said Marzen. “We’re being positive and that’s also what we hope to bring our students and their families.”


School is scheduled to get back in session May 1 barring any further delays.