Nathanael Greene Elementary first grader Michael Gonzalez is ready to cheer his teachers and school during the drive-through parade on Friday, April 24.

Greene Elementary Cheers Students, Families and Neighborhood with Drive-Through Parade

Published April 28, 2020

Students and families of Nathanael Greene Elementary School in the McKinley Park neighborhood of Chicago cheered each other and the community with a drive-through, social-distancing-friendly parade on Friday, April 24.

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Following a winding trail through the neighborhood from the school at 3525 S. Honore St., teachers, staff and families honked and waved from their cars, many of which were decorated with balloons, streamers and signs stating how much the students and teachers missed each other.

Dozens from neighborhood school families turned out in front of their homes on the parade route to wave back at the school's staff and hold their own signs of greeting and encouragement. Officers from the 9th District of the Chicago Police Department bookended the parade with patrol escorts at the start and end.

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The parade comes amid Nathanael Greene Elementary pivoting to a closed facility and distance learning mandated by the stay-at-home order and social distancing requirements mandated by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

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