Rider Pride Day returns, hundreds pack the parking lot
CAMDEN, Del. – Rider Pride Day took over Caesar Rodney High school on Saturday, extracurricular activities, sports teams, community organizations, and businesses all filled the parking lot. “Walking around just hearing music hearing the children laughing and being here with all of their friends,” says newly appointed Superintendent of schools, Christine Alois.
Rider Pride Day welcomes spring and the final stretch of the school year, allowing for community members from all walks of life to gather especially after a difficult two years. “We have students performing, we have members of our community here sharing different services that are available to families,” says Alois.
A U.S. congressional candidate, Lee Murphy stopped by the festivities and commented on the event as well. “The spirit here at Cesar Rodney today is fantastic, this is the way America should be.” Murphy adds, “I can feel it here today with the people here they’re just happy to be out.” Jenni Rivera, an employee at Dover Federal Credit union who had a booth at the event also tells us, “It’s really great just to see the kids the youth especially because I know they miss that.”
Dover Federal Credit Union (DFCU), like many other businesses at the event, had boots on the ground getting everyone involved with what they do, and how they too can benefit the community. “It’s great to be out in the community as always we are a very community-driven financial institution we’re all about the people,” says Christopher Martarano, another employee at DFCU. His other coworker, Katie Keegan adds, “Pamphlets, toys, fun things for the kids and it really gets them involved too so if the kids are involved you know the parents are going to get involved.”
Although businesses and school officials say this event was greatly missed, Saturday’s turn-out just proved how important this is to the community. “We’re still here we’re all in this together at the same time it’s been nice since COVID,” says Rivera. Alois adds, “It just shows the true support that people have and the love they have for the schools and their community.”
Superintendent Lois had her first day on Friday with the Caesar Rodney school district and she tells 47 ABC, that Saturday’s event shows a lot of promise and excites her for the future of the district.