On what would have been the final day of the Saint Patrick’s School calendar, teachers and staff held one final event for their students in a send-off parade. Whether it be by bike or by car, students and their families flocked to the school along Lucinda Street to say one last goodbye for what has been a tumultuous 2020 school year.
“It was really meaningful as it was our official calendar end of the year school day,” said school principal Kandice Roethler. “We had a two-hour early dismissal and it was just as much for the staff as much as it was for the students. We’ve seen the students through Zoom but it’s one thing to actually see them and it gave some sort of normal closure to the school year.”
The impact of the parade had even more meaning for those teachers who were departing from the school. One such individual is now former PE teacher Alan Brasch. This year marked his second full stint with St. Pat’s but before departing for Arizona, the parade meant a lot to him.
“This was something that was great for me because we really didn’t get real closure for the school year,” said Brasch. “This was a way for me to say a final goodbye to the kids. It wasn’t perfect but it was still something and something I can take with me. I also enjoyed saying goodbye to the staff one last time.”
Also not returning next year are Julie Hudnell, Lindsay Baker and Mrs. Wuebker, who is retiring after serving the school for 32 years.
While it was a sad moment for those leaving, it was also a bright one.
“It’s been such a community here and we are one unit and every teacher has been apart of that,” said Roethler. “For those who are departing we will miss them but we wish them the best of luck. They’re all headed down different paths and we hope they do well and at the same time we’re excited for who we have coming in for next year.”
“Teaching at this school, you could tell it was an amazing staff led by Ms. Roethler,” Brasch added. “It felt very welcoming every day at St. Pat’s and while it’s sad to leave, I’m really happy with my time here.”
It was a celebration for both students and staff as they were able to say goodbye to each other one last time.
“It wasn’t a normal school year by far but we know we’ll be back and ready to go next year,” Roethler said.