Storybook Parade enchants the Sullivans School
Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan. Enchanting Kindergarten-sized storybook characters filled the street in front of The Sullivans School during the Annual Storybook Parade to end the first quarter of school year 2014-2015. The parade was led by the Nile C. Kinnick High School Marching Band.
The Annual Storybook Parade is a celebration of literacy and reading. This year’s colorful spectacle happened on the day before Halloween and as in years past, the kindergarten classes of The Sullivans School did not disappoint. The street was filled with characters from books, movies and films and every student carried their favorite character in a book or on a colorful student created box that represented their favorite book. Parents watched and cheered their little readers on from the sidelines. Older students (some with undisguised envy) looked on, perhaps thinking of their own favorite literary characters and wishing they could also play dress up.
The Parade was led by the Nile C. Kinnick marching band under the direction of Jonathan Parker. The band eschewed their normal spotless matching uniforms for this one performance as they filled the street with their own imaginative costumes. Music, drums, and excitement were palpable. The band marched in straight rows from one end of the street to another leading their brave costumed followers up and down providing everyone with multiple photographic opportunities.
Nikki Salter, A Sullivans Kindergarten educator had this to say, “The Storybook Parade is a fun culminating grade level event that highlights a month long study of characters through graphic organizers, family projects and character pumpkins. It's often the most memorable event of our student's Kindergarten experience.”
DoDEA Pacific provides a comprehensive preK-12 education to the children of military and eligible civilian personnel families serving throughout Asia. The 50 schools in DoDEA Pacific are composed of more than 23,500 students and 3,400 professional educators and support staff. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. The Sullivans School is the largest school in DoDEA with a student body of approximately 1200 in grades K-5.