Miller Perry fifth grade graduation a drive 'bye' affair

Rick Wagner • May 21, 2020 at 12:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Miller Perry Elementary School on Tuesday had what fifth grade science and social studies teacher Brittany Ivanich called a drive “bye” celebration for the end of the 2020-21 school year.

And for the fifth-graders from the Colonial Heights community, it served as a graduation of sorts since they are headed to Colonial Heights Middle in the fall if the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Rain didn’t dampen the afternoon event for 54 fifth-graders, while the other grades came in groups starting at 10 a.m.

Ivanich and fifth grade English teacher Shannon Brashear and math teacher Gina Zimmerman took selfies, socially distanced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with many students as parents drove them by the school, often in decorated vehicles with signs.

Students received gift bags, awards and end-of-year academic medals. Some students presented the teachers with gifts. Principal Mike Wilson and other faculty and staff also attended the parades throughout the day. Like many students worldwide, these fifth-graders finished the school year virtually because of the pandemic.

Students also turned in any library books and other school materials they had.

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