By Jayme Taylor, Communication Manager
The Clover Park School District Daffodil float was awarded the fourth-place Daffodilian Award at this year’s parade. Titled “Choose Your Own Adventure,” the brightly-colored float featured 4,000 fresh daffodils, several giant hand-made books, a rainbow and even a hot air balloon.
The float was ridden by students from Idlewild and Carter Lake Elementary Schools and was led by the Lakes High School Dance Team and marching band.
Terese High, secretary of the community relations department, led the planning, creation and assembly of the float—a job she has tackled for the past nine years. High first started working on the float when her daughter was a candidate for Daffodil princess in 2003. Daffodil Festival rules state that communities and/or school districts must enter a float in order for the high schools to have princesses in the festival.
Each year, the float is assembled in the district’s bus garage. It takes approximately three weeks to assemble, but production starts long before that. Several community members, district staff and students helped paint, papier-mâché and decorate the float.
Special thanks to the following sponsors, who graciously contributed to the success of this year’s float:
- Lakewood Ford
- Harbor Dance and Performance Center
- BLRB Architects, P.S.
- Tom Prentice
- Sandy Simatic
- Idlewild PTA
- The Falk Family
The district is already looking ahead to 2012 and is in need of sponsors and volunteers to help keep the tradition alive. To help with next year’s float in any capacity, contact High at 583-5040 or email@example.com.