Local elementary school takes positive message to students, parents

South Mebane Elementary School principal Rebecca Royal speaks to fellow staff members prior to Wednesday's parade through the streets of Mebane. School officials put together the parade as a way to reach out to their students, who are forced to stay at home through May 15. Teachers and school faculty members made signs and waved at students and parents as they weaved their way through multiple Mebane communities within the South Mebane Elementary district. 

In the absence of school-related activities this week and through the month of April at South Mebane Elementary School and other surrounding schools, teachers, students, and parents are having to find creative ways to interact. While students are taking online courses and figuring out ways to keep their studies going this spring, the staff at South Mebane Elementary decided to reach out to their students and parents and let them know that they’re thinking about them. 

On the morning of Wednesday, March 25, SME staff members and principal Rebecca Royal participated in a car parade through their school neighborhoods. It was a fun way for SME staff and faculty to pass the morning in a positive manner, but also to allow students at the school to re-engage with their teachers and principal. 

Although the parade participants respected the personal space of local residents by avoiding making noise, they made signs and waved to a collection of children and parents who were assembled along the parade route. 

The parade wound its way through much of the area adjacent to downtown Mebane in the South Elementary School district, including the neighborhoods of Fair Oaks, Briarwood, Fieldstone, Governor’s Green, Copperstone Village, Holly Ridge, StoneBrook Apartments, Brookhollow, Bradford Place, Keystone Apartments, Arrowhead, Lofts at Arrowhead, Flats at Arrowhead, Carden Place Apartments, and Tanglewood - the final community on the route. 

“I do just want to celebrate you for being here today,” SME principal Rebecca Royal said prior to the start of the parade. “While we can’t surround our kids with love, laughter, and learning in our building, we are going to take it to their neighborhoods, and show them, and we are going to show them that even in the absence of being together, that they are still in our hearts. And that we are still a part of their family.” 

“I just celebrate you for being here to take that love, laughter, learning, and leading into their neighborhoods, so we can see their faces. They can see our faces, and we can still feel the connection that does make us SME strong, which is those personal relationships with the kids and parents,” Royal continued.