Jennie's Journey

Kudos to float builders

Each year the parents and friends of United Methodist Pre-school gather to build an award-winning float for the annual Sunshine Days Parade.

This year was no different.

Work begins the Monday prior to the parade. Naturally, it is hoped to start earlier than this. But, it doesn't and everyone is scrambling beginning the Monday leading up to the parade.

The great artist, Tony Castillo, used to be a mainstay at the pre-school, helping Miss Mary with all the little children in class.

Since his becoming a full-time lieutenant and later a captain for Yakima County Fire District #5, he has remained a great friend to the pre-school and the children who attend.

"Mr. Tony," as the children know him, devotes many hours and much hard work to the school's float each year. This year, I believe, the float was an example of his finest work.

The parents and other friends, such as "Miss Paula," also were extremely dedicated to the float.

Everyone worked hard to make what was once a flatbed trailer become a wonderful replica of Noah's Ark.

Hours upon hours were spent working to develop what would become something to be proud of.

They took an idea that seemed impossible and developed it into a reality in the span of five days.

True dedication to the children is what I credit for this fete.

What astounds me most is the fact that this float did not win an award this year. In years past, the floats entered into the parade by these devoted people have won an award of some sort. However, this year...nothing.

I just want everyone involved in building what I believe was a true work of art to know that I was proud, and they can be proud too.

I think this year's float was the best I have seen from the pre-school. I truly believe the children were pleased with it, also.


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