Ohio elementary school puts funny celebrity signs in carpool line

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An Ohio elementary school PTA group has made morning lines bearable – by entertaining parents.

On August 29, parents who drove to Austintown Elementary School in Youngstown for the first day of classes were greeted by a pop culture flashback: road signs inspired by well-known celebrities. loved.

“I can’t park here!” read a sign with an image of rapper MC Hammer in his “U Can’t Touch This” era.

“Tell the kids Bye, Bye, Bye” was printed on a second sign showing former boy band NSYNC, referencing their 2000 hit song.

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Signs featuring NSYNC and other celebrities decorated the lawn at Austintown Elementary School. Courtesy of Austintown Elementary School PTA

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“Hey girl, move your car all the way up,” said actor Ryan Gosling carrying a sign featuring his popular “Hey Girl” meme.

Ryan Gosling has been called in to help tired parents start their day.
Ryan Gosling has been called in to help tired parents start their day.Courtesy of Austintown Elementary School PTA

A sign with members of girl group TLC read, “Don’t Block Drop Lanes,” spoofing the 1994 hit song “Waterfalls.”

Girls group TLC inspired an important message for elementary school parents in Austintown, Ohio.
Girls group TLC inspired an important message for elementary school parents in Austintown, Ohio.Courtesy of Austintown Elementary School PTA

Another sign featured actor David Schwimmer’s “Friends” character, Ross Geller, holding a couch. “PIVOT!! Out of the queue!” it read. The joke comes from a February 1999 episode in which Ross and his friends struggle to move a sofa in his apartment.

Dropping out of school is a little easier with the help of "Friends."
Back to school is a little easier with the help of “Friends”.Courtesy of Austintown Elementary School PTA

The last sign showed a car wrapped in Saran wrap with the phrase “Please stay in your vehicle”.

A sign urging parents to stay in their car during the morning drive home was a hit with moms and dads.
A sign urging parents to stay in their car during the morning drive home was a hit with moms and dads.Courtesy of Austintown Elementary School PTA

Jessica Lippillo, president of the Austintown Elementary PTA, told TODAY Parents she was inspired by an Arizona school district that displayed creative drop-off signs. Lippillo said she also wanted to make the parents smile.

“The queues are tough,” she said. “Ours is generally going well, but this year some of our children are going to school for the first time due to COVID. Students and parents are feeling anxious and I wanted to ease their stress.”

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The signs are for parent enjoyment, Lippillo said, not for younger students, who likely won’t recognize the celebrities.

“My eldest son knows about NSYNC because I listen to 90s boy band music,” she joked, adding that amused parents had posted comments on Facebook like, “It’s not for the children, it’s for us!”

Lippillo had a second motive for displaying the signs: “I wanted the parents to see that the PTA has a sense of humor.”

The panels will remain in place for another week, then will be removed to preserve them.

Lippillo, who is already pondering different year-end signs, said PTA members from across the country have called her to ask about the signs. “It’s nice to see.”

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