LIBERTY — The day before a stay-at-home order was implemented in the Kansas City metropolitan area, local school staff decided to try to spread a little joy while observing social distancing recommendations.

Liberty Public Schools’ Warren Hills Elementary staff organized a neighborhood car parade Monday, March 23, that began in the Legacy Park subdivision and ended in the Barrington Woods subdivision. The parade traveled through other subdivisions like Hunter’s Glen, Hampton Meadows, Somerbrook, Liberte, Amber Lakes and Amber Meadows.

“Unfortunately staff can’t toss candy,” a press release states, “but will be honking, waving, playing music and who knows what else your WH staff will come up with.”

During and after the parade, school staff posted videos of the parade to the school’s Facebook page using hashtags #InThisTogetherLPS and #ShareTheGoodLPS.

After the event, families in Kearney and Smithville told the Courier-Tribune similar parades were organized in their neighborhoods.

“All the elementary schools in Kearney are also having parades in the students neighborhoods,” wrote Deanna Whitford on the newspaper’s Facebook page.

“Thank you to all our wonderful teachers. Everyone really enjoyed it,” one post noted. One of the school’s posts noting the parade route received two dozen comments from members of the community. All were complimentary of the parade.

“My kids loved it, something they will always remember. Thanks Warren Hills,” wrote Sara DeWitt.

“My youngest is a senior at (Liberty North High School), but both of my kids went to Warren Hills. The parade today was amazing and so uplifting,” wrote Priscilla Mulac.

“This was an awesome and happy getaway,” wrote Jennifer Lyons.

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