Big Rapids hosts annual Children’s Parade

YOUNG CHILDREN: The annual Big Rapids Children's Parade included students from Crossroads Charter Academy, St. Mary School, St. Peter's School, Brookside Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Morley Stanwood Elementary, Eastwood Early Chilhood Center Great Start Readiness Program and local playgroups and daycares. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

YOUNG CHILDREN: The annual Big Rapids Children’s Parade included students from Crossroads Charter Academy, St. Mary School, St. Peter’s School, Brookside Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Morley Stanwood Elementary, Eastwood Early Chilhood Center Great Start Readiness Program and local playgroups and daycares. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

BIG RAPIDS — Some strutted, some strolled. Some sauntered, some skipped. However all 1,200 children taking part in the annual Big Rapids Children’s Parade made their way up Michigan Avenue walking with a noticeable sense of excitement and pride.

Preschool through third-grade students participated in the parade from Crossroads Charter Academy, St. Mary’s School, St. Peter’s School, Brookside Elementary, Riverview Elementary, Morley Stanwood Elementary, Eastwood Early Chilhood Center Great Start Readiness Program and local playgroups and daycares.

“It’s important for kids to know they are part of the community,” said Angela Zeneberg, teacher at the Eastwood Early Childhood Center. “Children are a gift and we need to celebrate that.”

PARADE: More than 1,200 preschool through third-grade students marched in the annual Big Rapids Children's Parade as part of the Month of the Young Child. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

PARADE: More than 1,200 preschool through third-grade students marched in the annual Big Rapids Children’s Parade as part of the Month of the Young Child. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

Students laughed, cheered and waved as they marched down the street in celebration of the Month of the Young Child.

During April, the Eastwood Early Childhood Center worked with local schools, daycare and agencies to promote awareness of the needs and rights of young children.

“The parade promotes young children in the community and brings awareness to everyone,” said Chastity Eads, Great Start parent liaison. “It’s a way to showcase young ones.”

The parade also included teachers, parents, community members and local law enforcement.
“We are investing in our children and we need to encourage the community to celebrate them,” said Brittany Clark, Stanwood Learning Center teacher.

 

CELEBRATION: Students laughed, cheered and waved as they marched down the street in celebration of the Month of the Young Child. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

CELEBRATION: Students laughed, cheered and waved as they marched down the street in celebration of the Month of the Young Child. (Pioneer photo/Katlyn Vuillemot)

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