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Commencement at area schools took many different forms this year. Here's one -- a car caravan around town

DAVID F. ASHTON - Lining the streets in Eastmoreland, Duniway families waved to the passing Duniway Car Parade.As the school year winds down every year at Duniway Elementary School, in the Eastmoreland neighborhood, an eagerly-anticipated highlight for both students and neighbors is the annual "Duniway End of School Parade".

Because the school was closed for in-person classes due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, this usually joyous event was cancelled this year.

But, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 28, the staff instead held their first-ever "Duniway Car Parade", winding through Eastmoreland and Sellwood.

"A few weeks ago a team of our teachers and other staff came together to put the pieces in place for this -- planning the route, and such," Duniway's Principal Matt Goldstein told THE BEE. "It was a team effort, as always, with our staff and school community."

More than a couple dozen vehicles, plus a contingent of bicycles, made up a parade that snaked through Eastmoreland, across the Bybee Boulevard overpass, and into the south end of Sellwood – all led by Westmoreland Fire Station 20's Engine Company. "It was great that our local firefighters joined in, just as they have in all of our past parades," smiled Goldstein.

"It has been longer than two months since our community has gathered in any capacity; which is such a long time for a K-5 neighborhood school," Goldstein observed.

"It was so wonderful to see so many students, parents, and families – with their homemade signs. I think this little 'break' from reality was just what we all needed; reminding all of us that we are still a community, even though we have been forced to be away from one another," he said.


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