Move Over Macy’s: Laning, Forest Hold Thanksgiving Parades

By on November 21, 2018

Laning Avenue School Thanksgiving Balloon Parade for MyVeronaNJAll eyes will be on the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade tomorrow, but today Verona’s spotlight was on Laning and Forest elementary schools, which had their own parades about Thanksgiving and balloons.

According to Laning Principal Howard Freund, students in second through fourth grade have been reading books with a recurring theme of Thanksgiving Day parades. They also did some research into the history and development of the Macy’s parade and the balloons. Elissa Freda, who is the librarian at both Laning and Forest, followed up these lessons with an activity in which students created their own balloons.

Today, on the day before Thanksgiving, the schools’ lower grades lined the hallways and cheered as the older students paraded with their creations on the way to their annual Thanksgiving feasts.

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If you are going to be watching the Macy’s parade tomorrow, keep a close eye on the Ronald McDonald balloon: Verona Board of Education Vice President Lisa Freschi will be one of its handlers.

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