Loma Portal Elementary spreads cheer to students

The Gaydet family holds a sign and waves to Loma Portal Elementary School teachers driving by.
(Savanah Duffy)

A lively caravan of Loma Portal Elementary School teachers took a 30-minute cruise through the neighborhood around its 3342 Browning St. campus the afternoon of Friday, March 27, in an effort to boost students’ spirits as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic became a sobering reality.

Having been out of school for two weeks at that point (San Diego Unified School District schools closed March 16), both kids and parents welcomed the opportunity to step out onto their lawns and doorsteps to engage in some (distant) social interaction.

Students had made signs and posters to greet their teachers, and the teachers likewise adorned their vehicles with fun decorations and colorful streamers to show their students just how much they missed them.

Honking, waving — and at least two bullhorns and a family’s karaoke machine — livened up the afternoon from Loma Portal Elementary to Dewey Elementary and down the many streets in between.

With SDUSD closed until further notice, classes are resuming via distance learning — on the computer. For more information, visit


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