By Jayme Taylor
The Clover Park School District (CPSD) Daffodil Float Committee is seeking community sponsors in creating this year’s Daffodil Float. Terese Tveten-High, a long-time Lakewood resident and CPSD employee, leads the committee of volunteers who create the float each year from scratch on a $2,000 budget. Last year’s float won first place for cities over 10,000 residents. In 2009, the district float won the Grand Sweepstakes Award—the festival’s highest honor.
Any contribution to the Daffodil Float Committee is greatly appreciated. All sponsors will have their organization’s name and logo prominently displayed on the float and the district website. Those organizations that contribute $250 or more will also be listed in Inside Schools, the district’s community newsletter, which is mailed to every home in Lakewood. They will also receive a framed photograph of the district float as a small token of our gratitude.
This year’s festival theme is “Spirit of Adventure.” The float will be ridden by students from Carter Lake and Idlewild Elementary Schools—the elementary schools attended by this year’s Clover Park and Lakes High School princesses. The Grand Floral Parade travels through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting on Saturday, April 9.
Clover Park School District has participated in the festival and parade for the past 47 years. Each fall, Clover Park and Lakes High Schools select princesses to represent their respective school and compete for scholarships and the title of “Queen of the Daffodil Festival.” Festival rules require a float entry in order for students to participate in Daffodil activities, which include the princesses, bands, cheer squads, drill and dance teams.
To donate to the CPSD Daffodil Float Committee, or to volunteer your time to work on the float, contact Terese Tveten-High at 253-355-4571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.