This year, schools and neighborhoods had to get creative with how to safely allow children to enjoy Halloween despite the pandemic. We checked in with Tina Harris, Director of Administrative Operations and Support at the Hollywood Schoolhouse, to see how they managed to make this Halloween a special memory for their students and faculty by creating their first ever “Drive Thru” Parade.
Pictured above from Left to Right: Media District Sgt. Nick Sword; Media District Cpt. Bill Stankiewicz; Head of School, llise Faye, Media District Cpt., Ayana Sepulveda
Harris explains, “We typically have a parade where our friends from the Media BID escort our youngest students and families around the block as we parade around the area celebrating Halloween. This year, we asked our “at home” students, our elementary and early childhood, families to dress up and drive thru so we could connect and celebrate with them.”
With safety protocols in place, they handed out their second Trimester materials, collected students’ work, had games and a sixth-grade bake sale. Harris says, “As leaders in our school community, our sixth graders were given the opportunity to join us while we cheered on our younger students and they raised money for an end year event that they will have at graduation.”
Overall, the “Drive Thru” Parade was a huge success! “Halloween looked different this year,” says Harris, “but the children and families had fun, and we were able to make a long awaited connection to our community. We thank Media Bid for helping and supporting us on this day!”