VIDEO: Barton Elementary teachers, students excited to be reunited at “We Miss You” parade

The happy/looking-forward music videographer Thomas Cordova chose as the soundtrack to this video of Barton Elementary teachers and students reuniting for Friday’s “We Miss You” parade, could not be more perfect.

When we initially walked into the Barton parking lot to find teachers preparing their cars with posters, crepe paper, flags and stuffed animals, the place seemed to vibrate with positive, anticipatory energy. To give you an idea of how excited the teachers were to be just minutes away from seeing their students, who they had not seen in person in weeks, they spoke freely and in great detail about what they missed most about being with their kids—laughter and giggles were often mentioned—but when we asked what the actual parade route would be, uh, they didn’t have a clue.

Fortunately, someone did, everyone followed, and when the parade entered the Carmelitos Housing Project it found a similarly excited bunch of students and parents, waving flags and posters of their own. Everyone was screaming and waving and laughing and a few parents got a bit choked up to see how deep the connection between teachers and kids went.

To give you an idea of the level of excitement, check out the kids at the 1:50 mark who simply cannot contain themselves. (Steve Lowery)

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