A pet parade brings together tiny and large animals at Trinity School.
Paul Collins, right, and his son Nathan, a fifth grader, sit with their dog Shasta at the pet parade at Trinity School in Menlo Park on April 6, 2022. Photo by Magali Gauthier.
On the morning of April 6, a turtle, a bearded dragon in a wagon, guinea pigs, a dog dressed as a caterpillar, a cat, a bunny, stuffed animals, and more gathered at Trinity School's Upper Campus in Menlo Park for the school's first pet parade, with music booming.
Because the small Episcopal school hasn't held its blessing of the animals in two years due to the COVID-19 outbreak, school administrators said it was especially special for children to meet their classmates' pets during the carnival-themed celebration.
Students, instructors, and their families took their pets for a walk around the school, one of the few opportunities for parents who couldn't come on campus until recently to communicate with one another in person.
Maya, a fourth-grader, was managing her two black labs, Simba and Walter, when she stated, Today was great. It was like a sea of dogs. Halo, her bunny, who isn't much of an angel because he tries to run away a lot, stayed at home, she added.
Po Szeto, a parent, said she felt separated from her children's daily lives because she wasn't on campus, so it was "uplifting" to be back. Rosy, her family's shih tzu, took part in the march.
Kids who couldn't bring their pets to school were urged to bring images of animals or their stuffed animals instead.
The event arose from a brainstorming session for ideas for the school's annual auction in 2021. Dr. Amy Voedisch won the bid to be the grand marshal of the event.
She explained, We haven't been able to be together.
She also stated that it was beneficial for pupils to be able to share a piece of their lives with their peers.