CORAL SPRINGS, FL – At Ramblewood Middle School in Coral Springs, students doing well in school are usually honored during morning ceremonies where parents take photos of their smiling children getting awards.

Not this year, of course, with Covid-19 in the community.

Instead, the school held drive-thru honor roll events this week to celebrate students’ successes.

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Teachers held signs, parents honked horns, and students rolled down their windows and held up their awards with everyone cheering them on for getting A’s and B’s during the first quarter of the school year.

“There was a lot of great energy from everyone,” said Andrew Kirk, the school’s principal.

Ramblewood Middle School joined Maplewood Elementary in Coral Springs and other schools across the nation in creating similar drive-thru events meant to bring students and teachers safely together in a time of the coronavirus.

More than 200 students took part in the drive-thru events at Ramblewood Middle School which were held after school on Monday and Tuesday for grades six and seven. Eighth graders will be honored on Thursday.

With about 20 percent of the school’s 1,180 registered students attending in-person classes, the drive-thru ceremonies were a way for students taking virtual classes to see their teachers and administrators in front of them -- some for the first time since the Covid-19 shutdown in the spring, Kirk said.

“The kids really needed this,” he said.

The school is planning more honor roll drive-thru celebrations this school year.


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