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As part of its "Community Helpers Week," St. Martin Catholic School held a tractor parade Friday where families from the church and school drove their tractors and the preschool and pre-K classes rode in a hay wagon through St. Martins.

"They were super excited," St. Martin pre-K teacher Andrea Denne said. "I heard multiple times that this was the best day ever. I was pretty excited that in their short four years of life that we could give them the best day that they've ever had."

The school chooses themes throughout the year and activities to go along with the themes. This week was Community Helpers Week, so students learned about community helpers, including farmers.

Teachers also choose activities and events based off the "letters of the week."

"We talked a little bit about how the farmers in the community help us, and one of the letters this week was T, so we went overboard and went with a tractor parade," Denne said.

St. Martin School now plans to have this parade every year because everybody had so much fun.

Denne said she is thankful for the community for spreading the word about the event and for the Cole County Sheriff's Department blocking the roadways and being part of the parade.

"We are super appreciative of the St. Martins area," Denne said.

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