CUYAHOGA FALLS — On May 7, nearly three-dozen cars driven by the staff at Preston Elementary School drove around Cuyahoga Falls on a seven-mile route to greet the families of students at the school.

The route taken by the 34 vehicles included areas where families not on the route could park, such as at the former Sill Middle School and the empty Walgreens lot on Howe Avenue, said Principal Tammy Brown.

 "The day was amazing as the wind was blowing, but all rain stayed away," Brown said. "One of the most amazing memories of the day were how many community members also came out and waved and smiled and were brought a little sunshine into their day by the kindness of my amazing staff. 

"The Preston staff has shared with me for weeks the empty spaces in their hearts due to the situation we are in and not being able to spend time with their kids. This day so many families came out and made amazing signs and sat in their yards to simply catch a glimpse of their teacher drive by that we found those spaces being filled back up quite a bit." 

Brown said that on May 26, many of the schools in the Cuyahoga Falls district are doing a reverse parade and waving out the kids to summer as the kids drive through the lots, and the staff is on the lawn at a safe social distance.