Let’s have a parade!
Second graders at Willow School in Homewood learned about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and how the giant balloons of animals and cartoon characters have been on display at the parade since the mid-1920s.
Being a part of the annual event would be fun, but that wasn’t going to happen for these students. There had to be a way for the second graders to enjoy the excitement and feel of a parade.
Credit their teachers Christen Vazquez and Jessica Korso for the creative solution. When you can’t join in the fun, you create your own and that’s what these 7- and 8-year-olds did. The teachers designed a project that incorporated science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and had students create their own balloons.
On Friday, Nov. 19, it all came together as Willow’s Day Parade, giving the students a chance to parade their balloons through the halls to the cheers of their classmates.
Each student created a balloon and carried it overhead. The balloons came in a variety of colors and each represented a particular character or animal. Lily Lorts had a princess, and Mark Weichinger had a bear. Chloe Staten smartly decorated her unicorn, and Noah Jenkins turned his balloon into a ninja.
And Zayden Thomas kept with the theme of the holiday – he had a turkey.
Teachers shared this link to the book “Balloons Over Broadway” about how the Macy’s parade got its balloons: youtu.be/Q2391pvhv2I.
Photos by Marilyn Thomas/H-F Chronicle.