Student Fanfare Events/ Parade of Graduates

Student Fanfare Events: An Easy Way to Support Our Students

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Lakota Local Schools introduced a new series of community fanfare events supporting student achievement during the 2016-17 school year.

The concept is a simple one: Line the school’s entrance and give students high-fives and words of encouragement as they are filing into school, providing students with a visual display of all their supporters during times like testing and the start of a new semester. 
The concept, derived from a first day of school tradition at Hopewell Junior School, brings community and school leaders together to send a message of support to Lakota students. At different times throughout the school year, the district invited community residents and businesses to join school staff for a fanfare-like welcome for students at every Lakota school.  

The student fanfares have proven so popular with students, their families and community members that we're going to continue them this year. 

Here is a list of the 2017-18 events that were held at each school.

August 16
Hopewell Junior School
7 a.m.

August 16
Independence Elementary
9:45 a.m.

August 18
Adena Elementary
8:15 a.m.

August 21
Freedom Elementary
8:15 a.m.

August 30
VanGorden Elementary
8:15 a.m.

September 26
Union Elementary
9 a.m.

September 28
Creekside Early Childhood School
9 a.m.

September 29
Wyandot Early Childhood School
9:05 a.m.

October 2
Lakota West Freshman School
7 a.m.

October 13
Plains Junior School
7:10 a.m.

October 18
Career Readiness Academy
7:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.

October 20
Liberty Early Childhood School
9:05 a.m.

October 23
Shawnee Early Childhood School
9 a.m.

October 30
Ridge Junior School
7 a.m.

November 3
Liberty Junior School
7:05 a.m.

November 27
Lakota West High School
7:15 a.m.

December 15
Lakota East Freshman School
6:45 a.m.

January 4
Hopewell Elementary
8 a.m.

January 5
Lakota East Main Campus
7:30 a.m.

April 3
Cherokee Elementary
9 a.m.

April 4
Endeavor Elementary
8:15 a.m.

April 6
Heritage Elementary
9 a.m.

April 30
Woodland Elementary
8:20 a.m.

Watch a video from the fanfare at Lakota East:

Parade of Graduates

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At the end of the 2016-17 school year, Lakota introduced the Parade of Graduates. Each May, graduating seniors, dressed in their caps and gowns, parade the hallways at each elementary building. The younger students line the halls, cheering and celebrating the seniors as they pass. During the parade, seniors receive congratulatory letters of advice and encouragement written by the elementary students as a souvenir of the event. 

This initiative from the Champions for Change program is designed to celebrate the achievements of our graduating students as well as provide role models for those in the elementary grades.

Click here to read a story about this year's Parade of Graduates, to view Facebook photo galleries, and to see media coverage of this special event. Approximately 900 seniors from Lakota East and West high schools walked the halls of their elementary buildings, and were greeted by cheers from students, staff and parents.