The City of Peru was greeted with over 80 honking and decorated vehicles that paraded through streets on Wednesday morning.
Peru Elementary School District put on a “Raider Road Rally.”
A convoy of Northview and Parkside schools’ teachers and staff wound through town in vehicles, while practicing social distancing during this quarantine.
The district broke up the 81 cars into three groups of 26 or 27 cars per caravan.
The vehicles had signs with positive messages and all sorts of decorations like balloons. They were greeted by many smiling students who waved as the cars drove past.
Northview Elementary School Principal Sara McDonald said, “Parents were very, very happy about it. They loved the idea. They said they loved their children seeing their teachers.”
Even the staff and faculty needed something positive to look forward to, McDonald said.
She said emails were coming in from staff and faculty after the parade, saying things like, “That was so great, I had tears in my eyes."
The district plans to do the parade again; they’re looking to do it toward the end of April, McDonald said.
This week, Governor JB Pritzker extended the stay-at-home order through April 30.
Reporter Ali Braboy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and (815) 220-6931.