In February 2016, students from nine schools in Essex and Westford processed through the streets of Essex, VT to celebrate the amalgamation of their school districts in a stunning community lantern parade that had involved over 12 months in planning. Workshops were held with students from Pre-K to 12th grade over several months, in addition to teachers’ and community workshops. The final event included over 3000 lantern-bearers with lanterns reflecting the theme of Across the Universe and featured fire-spinners, a culminating bonfire, cookies, hot cocoa and live music. Many thanks to the hard work and dedication of the following art teachers:
Tina Logan, Lisa Foley, Julian Bradshaw, Journey Blain, Kim Desjardins, Keri-Anne Lesure, Amanda Feller and Michelle Badji.