Mike Ganino, one of the organizers, said administrators, parents, and friends of Masuk created the event in a group effort to do something special for the teachers and the underclassmen.
“It’s great to see the community come out and support [our teachers], from the seniors down on to the freshman class. It’s nice to see the spirit of Monroe,” Ganino said.
Roberto Chavarria just finished his first year at Masuk. Chavarria said he started the school year a little apprehensive due to the portrayals of high school life in movies and TV, but, once at Masuk, he loved the school and its easy-going environment.
“The teachers were very nice, and it was a great year. I loved it,” Chavarria said. He added that the parade brought about “A good sense of closure to have the teachers feel like they did a good job.”
Math teacher Karen Charpentier said she enjoyed the parade and seeing her students at the end of the year.
“It’s wonderful, I have really missed them and I am so glad to be here, and also very surprised and excited by how many of them showed up. So, it’s really, really nice,” Charpentier said. “We definitely didn’t have those nice final activities and moments that we all love and the ceremonial passing on to the next year, the next class. It felt very sudden and incomplete, but this really helps.”