DALTON — There was a slight drizzle, but there was no raining on the drive-by parade Thursday to celebrate the 74 fifth graders graduating from Craneville Elementary School in Dalton.
After it was announced in April that kids would not be heading back to school, Shana Spratt, whose son is in the graduating class, started talking with friends and family, along with emailing teachers, to plan something in order to celebrate the graduating class.
"I strongly felt like this was something I needed to do," Spratt said. "I was concerned that fifth grade was going to lose out [on a graduation]."
The students turned onto the street lined with all the kids' names on signs, before a larger sign congratulating the entire class. On their way out of the neighborhood, each student was given a bag full of gifts including trinkets, snacks, cups that read "Congrats Craneville" and a towel that featured the names of the entire class.
"[My family] created all the signs and hung them all up, and this quickly turned into a family event," Spratt said. "I think [the students] will remember this and keep some of the these things to remember their classmates in 30 years."