On Friday, Oct. 28, business owners, community members, and school families lined the sidewalks and streets to watch the White Sulphur Springs Elementary Halloween parade.
This was the first time in three years that the school was able to have their parade, due to COVID-19 restrictions, and Principal Tina Campbell was excited to bring back a decades-long tradition. “I knew this parade meant a great deal to the students past and present, families and the community, so I was thrilled when we were able to start the tradition again,” said Campbell.
Students and staff showed off their creative costumes as White Sulphur Springs police officers led the parade down Mountain Avenue and Main Street, stopping to walk through First Citizens Bank, and then marching down Main Street to The Schoolhouse Hotel.
The hotel’s ballroom was set up for a table tailgate and various community businesses handed out candy, meal coupons, activity books and other fun items to more than 300 students.
“It was amazing to walk into the ballroom and see the community eagerly awaiting the arrival of the students. We are so fortunate to be in a wonderful, supportive community that would take time away from their businesses to give our students a special treat,” said Campbell.
White Sulphur Springs Elementary wants to express their gratitude to The Schoolhouse Hotel for hosting this event and to the many businesses that participated in the table tailgate including The Schoolhouse Hotel, Peoples Bank, Greenbrier Glass, ACE Hardware, First Church of God, White Sulphur Springs Library, Tootsie’s, Big Draft Brewing, Mark Kirk, D.D.S., April’s Pizzeria, First Citizens Bank, White Sulphur Springs National Fish Hatchery, Em’s Cake Corner, White Sulphur Springs City Hall, The Greenbrier Sporting Club, The Greenbrier, Barnwood Builders, Resort Home Services, Gillespie’s Flowers and Productions, Beards and Bangs, and the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department.
“We look forward to many more opportunities to partner in education with our community members.”, Campbell said.
|White Sulphur Springs Elementary teachers and students parade through town.|
|Local businesses set up a table tailgate in The Schoolhouse Hotel’s ballroom for the students.|