District 3 Head Start holds a social distancing parade for children

Submitted by Annie Gutierrez

Gila River Indian Community


On Friday, April 24, teachers and staff of the D3 Head Start Center came together to host a social distancing parade for their students in the program. Teachers and staff decorated their personal vehicles and coordinated with families all in efforts to boost spirits of children and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Along the parade route, Head Start staff got waves from many members in the community and were excited to see their students and families outside their homes cheering while holding up signs with thoughtful messages.  


School closures have students in the community learning from home including students in the Head Start program ages six-months to five. The once lively and cheerful singing classrooms of D3 Head Start center is quiet for now. Teachers expressed how much they miss their students and hope to see them back in the classroom soon.