Riverside Primary School welcomed parents and community members on Friday, April 18 for the school’s annual Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) Parade. The parade encourages first grade students to do well on the CRCT test. The CRCT is one fo the most important education assessments for schools in Georgia. It is used as a measure to determine Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind act.
Students were surprised and elated to see Spongebob Squarepants, who made a special guest appearance at the parade! With the help of Cobb County Police officers, a portion of South Gordon Road was blocked off to allow students to march in the street. Other officers led the parade on their motorcycles.
First grade students marched around the building while shouting and chanting inspiring words and holding purple and gold balloons in their hands. The students concluded the march in the back parking lot where they were greeted by their kindergarten peers cheering them on with bright and colorful banners. When students reached the back of the lot, each student released their balloon from their hand signifying a release of the stress and anxiety that standardized tests may cause. Then, one by one, each class stood on the risers and announced their class made chant!