The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

November 13, 2011

School’s float to cast light on anti-bullying

Artman returns to holiday parade

HERMITAGE — Chloe Faraone walked into the room, glimpsed the four-foot-tall mass of purple paper smeared with glue, and beamed.

“This is awesome,” the Artman Elementary School third-grader said. “This is like dreamland. I love doing this stuff.”

Chloe and a handful of other energetic students grabbed brushes with sponges on the ends, dabbed them in buckets of glue and plastered scraps of paper to the mass, which would end up being a bucket.

The students, with teacher, staff and parent helpers, built the papier-mâché bucket for a float in the Hermitage Holiday Light parade, which is set for 6 p.m. Saturday on East State Street, between Kerrwood Drive and Hermitage Road.

Art teacher Adam Darby designed the float, which also has stars and hearts shooting out of the bucket on rainbows.

School officials decided to participate in the parade after a several-year break to highlight the anti-bullying initiative at Artman. It is based on Carol McCloud’s children’s book “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?”

Ms. McCloud attended an assembly earlier in the year, encouraging students to fill their rhetorical buckets with kind words and good deeds, and donated 2,000 stickers that parade walkers will be handing out along the parade route.

“It represents us being nice and stuff,” third-grader Connor Evans said of the bucket.

The Artman Parent-Teacher Organization, the Artman Foundation, the Hermitage Education Association, businesses, and school librarian Linda Hickman donated the money for supplies to build the float.

“This is a great tradition to start again,” said Patricia Elford, child services specialist, as she picked dried glue from her hands.

The parade has become a tradition for many, come rain, snow or unseasonable warmth. The 14th edition has about 65 units ready to go, from fire trucks and elaborate floats on flatbed trailers to marching bands and baton twirling groups. Santa will ride into town on the Hermitage Agway float.

Paul A. Young has been named the grand marshal of the parade. A 23-year Hermitage resident, Young retired in 2007 as superintendent and chief executive officer of Youngstown Development Center, Mineral Ridge. He spent 37 years developing and managing residential training programs for intellectually disabled adults.

Young volunteers for Community Food Warehouse, acts as guardian for an intellectually disabled person, and coordinates the Hermitage Training and Workforce Development Center and the eCenter@LindenPointe, the newly opened business incubator and testing laboratory.

Young will share the spotlight with two junior marshals: Seth Addicott, a 12-year-old sixth-grader who lives in Shenango Township, and Isabella Stefanak, a 9-year-old fourth-grader from Hermitage.

Seth is the son of Tim and Beth Addicott of Hermitage and Lori Addicott of Sharon. Isabella is the daughter of Shelley Stefanak and Andy Stefanak, both of Hermitage.

Shenango Valley YMCA again will collect nonperishable food items along the parade route for donation to Community Food Warehouse, and Penn State University – Shenango Campus, Sharon, will accept donations of mittens and gloves that will be given to the area’s homeless.

The post-parade awards ceremony has been canceled. Float award winners will be posted on the city’s website the night of the parade, and winners can pick up their trophies at the city building at another time.

The committee is seeking at least one more flatbed trailer that is longer than 30 feet, and one shorter than 30 feet. Anyone with a flatbed available for use at the parade can call Joan Feeney, 981-6596.

Anyone wanting to sell cotton candy, lighted toys or other wares along the parade route are reminded that they need to obtain a transient business license from the Hermitage Police Department.

Hermitage police will close State Street between Buhl Farm Drive and Hermitage Road, and Hermitage Road from the Shenango Valley Freeway to Highland Road, for about two hours. Detours will be posted.

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