Rosemont teachers, students renew acquaintances through parade

The Scott Street subdivision in Rosemont is usually a quiet neighborhood, but that wasn't the case Monday as a caravan of village police cars and 25 teachers and staff from Rosemont Elementary School blasted horns and sirens as they drove through the community.

Signs in homes' windows greeted the parade and thanked the police officers and teachers taking part, along with truck drivers and other essential workers who remain on the job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students Brandon Knauss, 8, and his sister Brittney, 6, held up a sign reading "Teachers are the Kids Heroes" as they braved the cold wind in front of their home.

Principal Laurie Kovalcik, joined by her 150-pound St. Bernard dog, rode in the back of a pickup truck, waving to the students and other children.

"We are hoping for the best and planning for worse," she said of the rest of the school year.

  Signs supporting police officers, teachers and essential workers hung in Rosemont homes Monday when staff from Rosemont Elementary School held a parade through the Scott Street subdivision. Mark Welsh/
  The Bresnen family - Courtney and Aron with their kids Maxwell, 6, and Parker, 9, - greeted teachers from Rosemont Elementary School during a car parade through their neighborhood Monday. Mark Welsh/
  Teachers from Rosemont Elementary School like Jamie Williams, who dressed up like a unicorn, decorated their cars for a parade Monday. Mark Welsh/
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