Wash[auth] ington Avenue Elementary kindergarten students show off their homemade vehicles as they parade through the hallways past older students, family and friends, Friday afternoon. (Mark Wilson Photo)
A 92-car pileup in the playground of Washington Avenue Elementary School caused parents everywhere to say, â€œAwwww.â€ Four classes of kindergartners in homemade cardboard cars â€œcruisedâ€ in a parade during recess Friday afternoon to celebrate the end of the transportation unit in their curriculum.
â€œThey learned about wheels, and things that go, and different kinds of things that go,â€ kindergarten teacher Kristie Jurney said. A long line of yellow school buses, pink Punch buggyâ€™s and camouflage trucks looped around the playground.
Parents cheered outside while songs like â€œLife is a Highwayâ€ blared from the intercom.
Five-year -old Gene Williams, driving a Thomas the Tank Engine, proved to be a very courteous driver and tried to avoid fender benders. â€œEach time Iâ€™m going to stop, Iâ€™m going to be like this, OK?â€ he asked the boy in the car behind him, Skyler Mason, 6. Williams said he built his car with his dad in just one day.
Megan McCreary, 5, painted her car with bright red paint and glued black circles onto the rear, making it look like a lady bug. â€œShe was very excited about this,â€ her mother Teresa McCreary said as she walked alongside. Teacher Melanie Estrada said her class spent about two or three weeks learning about different kinds of transportation.
She says transportation has been a continuing theme for the students. Earlier in the year, they per formed â€œWheels on the Busâ€ at an in-school program Readers Theatre. firstname.lastname@example.org