Students and families lined the sidewalks with school pride as administrators and staff members from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools facilitated drive through celebrations through their respective neighborhoods. Each school held its event on May 29 to connect with its school community and honor its students during the pandemic.

While wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, students created signs to display how much they missed their teachers and their schools. Administrators and staff members decorated their vehicles with window paint, balloons and heartwarming signs as they drove through their school community honking and waving to the excited students. Clear Stream Avenue School and Shaw Avenue School’s celebrations were led by members of the Valley Stream Fire Department. All three drive through events were a great way to bring the community together in a safe way and bring a spark of positivity during these unprecedented times.

“The Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is ‘The Friendly Schools,’ said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “We care and take seriously the relationship we have with the students, parents and community. The drive through gave us a moment to celebrate everyone in our community during this difficult time.”