James Matthews Elementary School in the Dollarway School District held a community drive-thru parade recently.

The purpose of the parade was to celebrate students, encourage them and to let them know that they are loved and missed, according to a news release.

A number of teachers and staff participated, among them were Delaney Wells (2nd grade), Kayla Richardson (paraprofessional), Coach Gregory Cleveland (P.E.), Counselor Nathaniel Jackson, Nurse Kristine Brooks, Stephanie Reynolds (4th grade Math), Christi Baugh (Art), and Kanasha Carmickle (2nd grade).