Fayetteville PK-8 staff parades through town to safely reunite with students

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Although schools will not be having that ideal ending this year, Fayetteville PK-8 wanted to have the best and safest celebration they possibly could with a parade.

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On Friday, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department led teachers and staff through the main routes of town, so they could all see each other again from afar.

“We wish the weather was a little bit better, but you know, it is what it is. We’re just going to get in there and go see the kids, and that’s really why we’re here. We just want to make eye contact with our students, and let them know that we still care about them a whole lot,” PK-8 Principal Melissa Harrah said. 

While it was fun for the teachers, the students showed a great turnout as well, showing their signs of appreciation along the roads.

For Colton Naylor, student council president and an 8th grader, seeing his teachers again, especially at the end of his last year, meant a lot for him.

“To me, it makes me think that they miss their students,” Naylor said. “They just want to have a chance for all of us to see them and them to see us.” 

Based off of the signs, the cheers, and the turnout, the feelings were mutual between the students and staff all missing one another but appreciative for the moment they shared on Friday. 

“We miss them a lot and you know, yeah, it’s not the way we wanted to go out, but let them know that their on our mind constantly and it is not just an 8 to 4 job, this is just 24/7 just thinking about them and how we can work with them and teach them and just make the next month as good as possible,” Special Education Teacher Carol Learmonth said. 

Principal Melissa Harrah gave special thanks to the parents for not only bringing their students out for the parade but for being their “at-home teachers” during these times.

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Anna Saunders
Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. With a diploma from Princeton Senior High School and a mother from Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She received a degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and wanted to return home to start her career as a reporter.