East Rowan students host parade

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 6, 2017

By Autumn Nicholson and Jasmine Euart

GRANITE QUARRY — In March, Wendy Fontenot’s 11th-grade American literature and creative writing classes at East Rowan High School collaborated with the school’s Cross Categorical Adapted Curriculum class to host a parade: “Millennial March: A Blast From the Past.”

The parade was meant to call attention to the challenges America faced 50 years ago that remain today. Students were allowed to choose topics that mattered to them and create parade floats. School Resource Officer Tommie Cato started the parade by riding his bicycle and throwing candy to onlookers.

He was followed by the school mascot and all the students participating with floats and picket signs depicting their views. Issues the students chose to march about included women’s rights, immigration, capital punishment, segregation, freedom of speech and truth in media. Kim Shuping, the school’s librarian, served as the grand marshal.

A few students were eager to express how they felt about the parade.

“What was so great about the parade was that the entire school got to participate, whether they were in the parade or merely watching. Everyone got to experience it in some way,” said junior Shalea Vanhoose.

“I liked the parade a lot because it was very creative, and it was a good way to teach people about things they probably didn’t know about. The culture part was my favorite,” said senior Marissa Brinkley.

Students said it was a creative and positive way to get their points across on issues that matter.

Autumn Nicholson and Jasmine Euart are students in Wendy Fontenot’s class.