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Glencliff teachers spread joy through neighborhoods

Glencliff teachers spread joy through neighborhoods

Teachers trying to cheer students while schools are closed
Glencliff teachers spread joy through neighborhoods
Glencliff Elementary School teachers decorated their cars and paraded through Rexford, Glenville, and Alplaus Friday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer

GLENVILLE & CLIFTON PARK — Friday was sunny and almost-warm and a great day for a spring joy ride -- and a group of Glencliff Elementary School teachers set out to bring joy to students now staying home because of coronavirus-related school closures.

The teachers' goal was to let students know they're still in teachers' hearts, and remind the teachers of the children they've come to know and care about. In Alplaus, children and parents gathered by the road and waved as teachers drove slowly passed, honking their horns and calling greetings. "We Miss You!" was watercolored into the back window of one SUV.

"Everybody misses them," said Amy Galvin, a reading teacher who helped organize the parade. "We would rather be at school, but this is one way we can see the kids and possibly bring a smile to their faces."

The Glencliff school, located in Alplaus, is part of the Niskayuna Central School District but serves children living in some Glenville neighborhoods and the Rexford section of Clifton Park. Friday's caravan went through neighborhoods in both towns, following a route that the Glencliff Parent Teacher Organization promoted on Facebook, so children could be told their teachers would be passing by.

Teacher car parades through neighborhoods where the children they teach live have become a phenomena all over the country, as social media helps spread the word of how they can cheer both children and teachers who are dealing with trying circumstances.

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"One of the teachers that I teach with saw it on Facebook, and then emailed a couple of us and it came from that," Galvin said. "We started talking about it last week."

There was some hope hope students could return to school on April 1, but Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Friday that all schools in the state must remain closed for another two weeks, until April 15.

"We're looking at getting addresses and maybe doing it again next week," Galvin said.

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Reach staff writer Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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