Educators and students reunite for a special parade through Farmingville


FARMINGVILLE, NY ( / — Students cheered and teachers honked during a special parade through the streets of Farmingville.

The joyous procession occurred Tuesday, March 24, as familiar faces could be seen once again while schools remain closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Lynwood Elementary School Principal Dr. Danielle DeLorenzo led a long stream of cars full of educators as they drove the walker routes and each of the nine bus routes to visit the children they miss so dearly.

The parade went by the homes where children stood outside cheering loudly and waving colorful signs to greet the procession. The teachers, administrators and school nurses—with their own children accompanying them as well—drove by with horns honking and signs of their own displayed proudly.

Brody and Brayden Flanagan of Farmingville

Brody and Brayden Flanagan of Farmingville hold signs to say how much they miss their school and teachers.

Social distancing to prevent virus spread kept everyone a short distance from each other, but emotions were strong as everyone could see each other once again—even if only briefly.

“It was a huge success and showed how kindness and life can prevail during these very difficult times,” said parent Sherilyn Flanagan.

The Sachem Central School District has been closed since March 13 because of the pandemic.


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