SCS welcomes back teachers in Stronger Together Teacher Drive-Thru Parade

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — Shelby County School District leaders welcomed back teachers at a drive-thru parade Saturday.

Students are preparing to learn virtually Aug. 31.

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A mustang, just one of many that shined at the Stronger Together Teacher Drive-Thru Parade hosted by Shelby County School District leaders at their headquarters.

Red and white stand out and it goes perfectly with the red and white mustang and this is for Shelby County Schools and this is for our students.

A.B. Hill Elementary fourth grade reading teacher Terri Campbell joins educators across the district preparing to start school.

District leaders encouraged teachers to decorate their cars with pom poms, balloons and much more.

“We’re out here speaking life into our teachers first and foremost and we’re just very excited, we want to get everybody pumped up, ready to go and just move our student to the next level,” said Yolanda Martin, chief of human resources for SCS.

As you could see, cars were bumper to bumper in the parking lot getting ready for the start of class.

Some teachers are so excited that they even wore a mascot representing their school.

“When I tell you, it means everything to me, it does,” said Alisha Clark, a reading specialist.

Coronavirus will not defeat us was posted on a car, even though teachers said this year has been a challenge, they still feel safe knowing they’re teaching virtually and not in the classroom.

“It was one of the most exciting things that I have heard since the pandemic has started,” Clark said.

Some teachers said they wouldn’t have it any other way.

District leaders are reminding parents to pick up digital devices for their children if they have not done so already.