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Maple Leaf loves a parade

May 15th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Several hundred people – and assorted large animals – turned out Saturday afternoon for Sacajawea Elementary School’s Arts Festival.

The three-hour program started with a half-hour Opening Ceremony Parade that snaked around the school to a sing-a-long of Waltzing Matilda and finished with the dedication of a completely rebuilt playground.

Sacajawea’s PTA raised more than $60,000 in addition to a grant from Seattle’s Neighborhood Matching Fund to pay for the renovation. Students contributed art for a mosaic wall and helped with general labor.

“It’s been like an old-fashioned barn-raising, with our whole community coming together to improve our school,” Tracy Patton, PTA co-chair, said by e-mail.

The three-hour celebration was rounded off by dance, drama and author readings. A kid’s art parade and exhibits were followed by more music by Bob and his Didgeridoos (the theme was “Celebrating the arts and Culture of Oceania”) and a group dance. The school has just over 300 students.

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