USJ and DMS Beta club students participating in the Christmas on the River parade tradition of the paper mache heads. Below is a little history about the paper mache characters. Thank you Mrs.Helms for your hard work this year! Thank you to the parent volunteers who guided all of the characters down the street! If you have any pictures of your students participating, please post them in the comments!
History: Teachers Ellen Dickerson and Mary Price were the original creators of the papier-mâché heads with their students at US Jones. Dickerson started it in 1975 or '76 in her class, and asked fellow teacher Mary Price to help during her PE/Planning time. They continued the much-loved tradition for over 22 years!
We thank the original creators, Dickerson & Price, for building such a strong foundation, adding an element that has become synonymous with COTR, and providing our children with a creative outlet in the arts that continues to foster a sense of community and pride. Thank you for your creativity and dedication.
Thank you also to the teachers that continued the tradition. Mrs. Dana Hill carried on the tradition for years.
This year US Jones teacher ,Jennifer Helms took on the project - making new heads and collecting old ones that she and her student-volunteers have refurbished. There will be over 30 heads in the COTR50 Day Parade!