Frany McCullar and her dad, Nick McCullar, are ready to roll for Halloween. (Courtesy Holy Cross School)
Frany McCullar and her dad, Nick McCullar, are ready to roll for Halloween. (Courtesy Holy Cross School)

Traditions are important, especially during difficult times like the pandemic.

That’s why Holy Cross School in North Portland was intentional in maintaining important traditional community events despite the school closure.

“Celebrating holidays together is something our students look forward to and it allows them to have a sense of routine and normalcy in a time of uncertainty,” said Amanda Louie, the staff member who coordinated the events and assembled 250 treat bags for each drive-through.

Students and families celebrated a Halloween costume parade, Prayer and Pie, and Cocoa and Carols. They had the opportunity to drive through the school playground and say hello and wave to Father Mark Bachmeier and all the staff members.  

“My heart just swells with love when I see our beloved teachers and staff line up to wave and greet us as we drive through,” said Jenny Ridenour, parent of two students. “They are the evidence of the loving community that is with and for our kids and us.”

Ridenour’s daughter, third-grader Luisa, added, “I love all the smiles that I see, and teachers make me feel very welcomed and special.”  

While the events were designed to support the students, they were equally important to staff.

“The joy on the faces of the teachers and staff at seeing students and families is something I’ll never forget,” said Leigh Little, a parent of two students.

Holy Cross is already planning the next drive through events to continue in the new year.