The District and Education Foundation will once again have an entry in the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival parade and officials are encouraging adults and their children to participate.
More than 50 staff members and their children have participated each of the past three years and a similar number of staff members and their families are expected to walk this year, Director of Communications Perry Hibner said. Staff members who committed to walking by Aug. 11 will receive a WE ARE MCPASD T-shirt, he added.
This year's parade will take place on Sunday, Aug. 25, starting at noon. The parade starts on University Avenue at Maple Street, and continues west along University to Parmenter Street, where the route turns north before entering the festival grounds at Fireman's Park via Lee Street.
The District will have a yellow bus for those who prefer to ride. Parade officials are requesting that participants begin lining up at 11 a.m. and be ready to start by 11:45. The joint MCPASD-Education Foundation entry will be No. 15 among the more than 100 groups participating in the parade. The MHS marching band will be directly behind the joint entry.
MHS Theatre (entry No. 27), MHS girls volleyball (entry No. 52), MHS soccer (entry No. 55) and the MHS dance team (entry No. 58) also have entries in the parade. In all, there are 101 units entered this year.
Hibner is one of four recipients of the Good Neighbor Award. Previous recipients over the past decade with ties to the District include former Board of Education member Ellen Lindgren and communications assistant Ruth Bachmeier in 2016, retired staff member Kathy Nieber-Lathrop in 2015 and current School Board member Annette Ashley and former MHS principal TomVandervest in 2010.
George Mavroulis, who retired as superintendent after the 2018-19 school year, served as the parade marshal in 2016.
This year's theme is Super Hero City. Visit the GNF website to learn more.