Duniway kids march out of school to end scholastic year
Continuing a tradition that goes back longer than anyone can recall, the Duniway Elementary School annual Spring Parade took to the streets of the Eastmoreland neighborhood on Friday afternoon, May 31.
"It's a little before the end of the school year – 'snow days' were added on – but we're celebrating the end of the school year today, and the beginning of summer vacation, with our fun parade," said organizer Heather Austin.
Although the Sellwood Middle School Marching Band, which usually provides the cadence, couldn't attend, Duniway's own band tunefully led the parade this year.
"It's a beautiful day for our annual outing; this is one of the many activities that we do as a whole school, kindergarten through fifth grade," explained Duniway Principal Matt Goldstein. "The families are invited to come, and our neighbors come out to watch as well, bringing our neighborhood together!"
Grade by grade, and class by class, the parade formed on S.E. Reed College Place, ready to march behind the Westmoreland Fire Station's Engine Company 20.
The band began to play, and Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division motorcycle officers escorted the procession from the school, all the way up to S.E. Bybee Boulevard – and back to the school again, for the remaining classes starting the following week, before the summer vacation became real.