College students at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical Excessive Faculty continued the custom of designing and constructing a float for Lorraine Publish 29 VFW’s annual Santa Parade, however used this yr’s alternative to introduce the varsity’s new Marine Expertise profession pathway.
This yr’s blue-and-white float depicted water and whitecaps, with a white Whittier Tech boat using the waves. Penguins are using inside. Whittier Tech launched the Marine Expertise program for the 2022-2023 college yr, to fulfill a requirement for service technicians alongside the East Coast.
“It’s at all times good to listen to the excited shouts of ‘Look, right here comes the Whittier Float,’ and to see the grins and the individuals dancing to the music,” stated Whittier Librarian and Media Specialist Wealthy Porcelli. Porcelli and Upkeep employees member Josh Bellman drove the float. Porcelli has maneuvered the varsity float and served as sound producer for 25 parades.
Porcelli handed the keys to the float to Bellman, who will take over driving duties subsequent yr. “After 25 parades of strolling together with, using on, after which driving the float, it’s the primary factor I’m going to overlook,” he stated.
The 58th Annual VFW Santa Parade befell Sunday, Nov. 20. This yr’s theme was “Santa’s Ugly Sweater Social gathering.”
The float was designed by Artwork Teacher Paul Murray, who labored with artwork lessons, the Artwork Membership and plenty of profession pathways. These included Carpentry, which constructed a type to carry the boat on the float in addition to wooden types to make the waves and the type of the polar bear; Steel Fabrication, which constructed an armature with a spring to carry the narwhal on the entrance of the boat and comes for below the polar bear’s water skis; Auto Physique/Collision Restore, which cleaned and repainted the boat and cowling on the outboard motor offered from Marine Expertise; Electrical, which arrange the brake lights and energy shops; and Artwork, which made paper mâché penguins, the narwhal, and polar bear, painted the facet boards and contributed to creating the material seem like water and waves across the boat.
Marine Expertise Teacher Paul Murray, Mike Murray, Whittier Tech cheerleaders and Artwork Membership members accompanied the float alongside the parade route.
“The Santa Parade is at all times a spotlight of the vacation season, and our college students are proud to contribute to the occasion and present the abilities they’ve acquired,” Superintendent Maureen Lynch stated.