Students at a pair of Madison County Schools got one last chance to come back on campus last week and goodbye to their teachers.

Madison Middle and Kit Carson Elementary both held student parades in Richmond.

It was a special way to bring an end to a most unusual school year.

"We wanted it to be a farewell parade," Madison Middle Principal Amie Gallion said. "We want it to be for all our kids."

The staff at Kit Carson had held a teacher parade last month, where they drove through the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

However, they weren't able to visit all the students during the event -- and they wanted one last chance to see them again.

"We called this is a reverse car parade, where they came to see us," Kit Carson principal Jane Anderson said. "We couldn't reach every neighborhood. We had an amazing time. We just wanted all the kids to have an opportunity to say goodbye."

The teacher parade several weeks ago was a very emotional experience for Anderson and the teachers/staff of the school.

"I started to cry," Anderson said. "There was so much emotion behind the event. It really hits. We would have much preferred to have them on campus. It was emotional to see them that way."

Hundreds of cars rolled through the Kit Carson parking lot on Thursday filled with families, many of which featured signs -- including one that read "You lied! My kids are not a joy to have in class!"

The same scene played out on Friday at Madison Middle.

Teachers lined the road in front of the school, held signs and waved to students.

At the end of the parade, the kids got a special treat -- Kona Ice.

"The PTO (parent-teacher organization) raises money throughout the year, and they contribute money towards fun things at the end of the year," Gallion said. "They wanted to make sure all the kids had something fun at the end (the parade)."

All students from Madison Middle were invited to the parade. The school's eighth-graders received a special gift.

On Wednesday, the staff of MMS delivered 157 signs to the homes of each student who is moving on from the school next year.

"We all just went out at once and planted those in the yards of our eighth graders at all once," Gallion said.

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