Parkview School Celebrates America at 39th Annual Americanism Parade
by Michele Earle
March 5, 2014 • 598 views
Everybody loves a parade – especially Parkview School’s Annual Americanism Parade! This was evident as hundreds of spectators lined Elliott Street on February 26 to watch the school’s 39th Annual Americanism Parade. “50 Nifty States” was the theme for the parade which featured a line-up of enthusiastically patriotic students, marching bands and distinguished guests proudly marching in honor of the U.S.A.
Each classroom represented one of our great states and students proudly waved posters and props depicting their state. First graders in Sandra Urias’ class represented Indiana and zoomed down the parade route as race cars for the famous Indianapolis 500. Mardi Gras was the theme for third graders in Christy Mendoza’s class who tossed purple, gold and green Mardi Gras beads as they marched and cheered “Let the Good times Roll!” representing the state of Louisiana.
Joining in the patriotic celebration were El Monte Mayor Pro Tem, Bart Patel, Council Member Victoria Martinez and Council Member Juventino Gomez, along with Mountain View School District School Board Members, Adam Carranza, Veronica Sifuentes and Patsy Sutley. Several other distinguished guests sat in the grand stands cheering on the students as they marched by. Enthusiastic parade watchers lined the street learning several facts about each state from parade Master of Ceremonies, George Schonborn who provided an informational and humorous commentary.
Taking part in the parade were the incredible marching bands and auxiliary units from Mt. View High School, El Monte High School, Madrid Middle School and Kranz Intermediate School, the El Monte Police Department, Parkview’s Head Start students, THINK Together staff, parent volunteers, maintenance staff and Parkview School retirees.
Serving as Grand Marshals were former Parkview principal, Anamarie Sanchez and retired library technician, Frances Mathis, who along with Parkview’s Teacher of the Year, Ramona Chandler waved to the crowd as they were escorted down the parade route atop convertible cars.
“This parade is a great community event that we all look forward to each year,” said Lillian Maldonado French, MVSD Superintendent. “I appreciate all of Parkview’s team for putting together such a wonderful event for the entire community.”
The parade is a beloved tradition for many El Monte community members who attend year after year.
“We come every year!” said Maria Miramontes, whose house is right across the street from the grand stands. “My children went to Parkview School and we watched them march in the parade and now my grandson is going to school here and we have loved watching him in it too. It’s a beautiful parade and we wouldn’t miss it!”
“The parade is such a wonderful community tradition and it is truly inspiring to see the children show their pride for the U.S.A.,” said Luz Hernandez, a regular the annual event. “Their patriotism brings tears to my eyes,” she added.
The Americanism Parade is the culminating activity to a month of patriotic research, writing, language and drama activities Parkview students participate in during February encouraging their appreciation of America and its freedoms.
“The parade is so much fun! I love being in it,” said a very happy 2nd grader. “We got to play the drums and it was fun waving to the crowd. They cheered really loud for us and it was cool.”
Parkview’s principal, Sylvia Rivera appreciates the great community support the parade continues to receive and is happy the tradition continues for the students.
“The students love this parade, and so do all of us here at Parkview! It’s wonderful to see the great community support we get and watching our students show their patriotism and have so much fun is truly priceless. We are happy to work on the parade each year and be able to create life-long memories for our students.”