Cashiers Valley Preschool celebrates Community Helpers

Students and staff at Cashiers Valley Preschool cheered at a drive-by parade earlier this month in honor of all the “Community Helpers,” including the people and organizations that make this area such a wonderful community to be a part of.

Students and staff at Cashiers Valley Preschool cheer in support of community organizations earlier this month during a drive-by parade.

“Our theme for the week was ‘Community Helpers,’” said Toddler Room Teacher Ingra Moss. “We wanted to teach our children about the importance of our own community helpers and show our appreciation to them. But with COVID-19 we had to improvise! We are not allowed visitors at this time! I thought it would be a great idea to try the now famous ‘Drive through Parades.’”

Glenville-Cashiers EMS delivers a box of coloring books and bracelets for the students during the parade.

Children lined the fence cheering as Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, and many more drove by to say hello.

“So, the children still enjoyed the chance to see and thank our community helpers,” said Moss. “They are still talking about it, weeks later! All the big trucks! And of course, Tank the dog from Cashiers Humane Society was a huge hit! He had to cruise by twice!

Moss added that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge.

“It’s been a task trying to follow all the new COVID-19 guidelines,” said Moss. “We were fortunate to qualify to open June 1 and allow a few parents to get back to work! Of course, our children and staff’s safety are our first priority!”

Cashiers Valley Preschool students pretty much went nuts with excitement any time a CGFD or GCRS vehicle drove by.

And to maintain that safety, staff has to get creative.

“Finding exciting new things to participate in that keep everyone safe and keep our children learning, is a win for everyone,” said Moss. “Thank you Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Dept, Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad, Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Cashiers Pharmacy, Moss Stone Service, The Beeker from Ingles, Plateau Daily News, and the random people that drove by and played along!”

Staff and students made posters thanking various organizations throughout the community.

Editor’s Note: Nailed it!

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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