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Woodside Thanksgiving Parade creates schoolwide celebration of STEM

Woodside Elementary School students enjoyed the second annual Timberwolf Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 21. The much anticipated event is an opportunity for fourth graders to participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project that results in one of a kind student-designed, handmade balloons. Balloons are then carried during a parade through school hallways for younger students to enjoy.

“This is quickly becoming a tradition at Woodside,” said Woodside Elementary School Principal Melissa Horn. “It allows students the opportunity to use their creativity and innovation to make their ideas a reality! It is special to be a part of and our younger grades are excited for the time they are in 4th grade and will create their own balloon.”

Prior to creating balloons, students are introduced to the book ‘Balloons Over Broadway’ by Melissa Sweet. It is an inspirational story about Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who invented the giant balloons used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

“After hearing the story, fourth grade students are excited to bring their own characters to life by designing a balloon for the parade,” said Fourth Grade Woodside Elementary School Teacher Kristine Harris. “Armed with construction paper, cardboard and creativity, they accept the challenge of finding a way to carry their balloon without touching it.”