Across the Universe, Essex Lantern Parade 2016
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.