Over 75 Sauk Rapids-Rice students, staff and friends of the school district joined together on June 21 to be a part of the Rapids River Days parade in Sauk Rapids. The group drew an enthusiastic response from spectators as they marched down the parade route that ran along Sixth Avenue starting near Pleasantview Elementary School and ended near the Sauk Rapids- Rice Middle School. The district group joined more than 80 units in the annual parade that is a popular Central Minnesota event.
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Activities Director, NaDean Schroeder, coordinated the school district group. Thank you, to Brandl Moters, for letting the district use a vehicle for the parade. Participants wore gold Storm T-shirts with the hashtag #StormStrong printed on the back, walked ahead of the donated vehicle and passed candy to parade-goers.
The district group was overwhelmed by the crowd’s positive response. Schroeder says,”Everyone seemed excited when we marched by. There were lots of shouts and claps.” She adds, “And we had candy, so that always helps, but the highlight for our group was that many people called out to teachers and showed their support. The schools have an impact on people’s lives and our staff is valued by the community.”
She says the school group felt so proud of the district and enjoyed the warm reception. Communities and schools are intertwined and parades are a good opportunity for the schools to reach out and connect in an enjoyable way to supporters. Schroeder says, “Being able to show the district’s support of the communities—because the communities have shown the schools the same—made the event really worthwhile. Many of us who participated in the district group were amazed by the fun we had.” There was only one downside, she says: “We should have brought more candy! We ran low about halfway through the parade route.”
The school group had so much fun at the Sauk Rapids parade that they are marching again in the 28th Annual Family Fun Day Parade in Rice. Staff and friends of the schools will again represent the district in the August 17 parade that begins around 3:00 p.m. and runs from Rice City Hall to Fourth Street Northeast.
This time, the group will bring extra candy!