What can I say about September, except that it has been Supertember for projects with the Leavenworth Road Association.
We were able to celebrate our Summer Youth Program with having some of the youth and their mentor entertain us with a stage production at the September meeting.
Judi Jones, the leader at Kansas Academy of Theatrical Arts, was a new mentor this year in our Summer Youth Program. She allowed several of our youth to help with the younger students enrolled in Judi’s program. Jones guides these students to completely create their production, from coming up with the theme, writing the script, designing the props, and working together to bring it to final stages.
At our Leavenworth Road monthly meeting we delighted in watching and listening to 12 of the youth play guitars, dance ballet, sing and tell us the importance of the academy.
Then some of the youth that were part of our Summer Youth program, told of how the program helps develop them, how some of them realized their own self-worth, and how they realized the importance in helping the younger ones. I have always been amazed at the transition of our youth from the beginning of the program to the end. The program is made possible through BPU. It has become such an important part of LRA’s summer with the youth.
Then to add to making September a Supertember is our parade. This year again was another fantastic parade to add to the other 27 parades of LRA. We have some of the best of the best. There isn’t a way of thanking all involved, so many in the background along with all those that are seen on parade day. The preparation starts in March to get information out. Then we have our Police, Fire and Sheriff departments that we count on for different things, including traffic control. The street department, BPU, Varsity Sports, Deffenbaugh, UG Wyandotte County Parks and Recreation are a few of the businesses and departments that are important in the background work.
Then of course we have our entries and spectators, the businesses and residents in the area that sometimes are caught in a traffic stop as the parade goes by, but everyone seems to work together. Our parade judges all enjoy being a part of the parade and again they all work together. This year’s judges were Gloria Willis, Cyndi Lane, Brenda Jones, and Kevin Steele with Tess Koppelman, also as our announcer. Again the judges working together to determine our winners. The winners are always published right away at Wyandottedaily.com, another one of those working in the background.
I guess that is why I can say Leavenworth Road Association, Teamwork since 1985. I do also want to mention Deniese Davis, who has developed into that worry-free parade chairman, she’s come a long way from the first year in that position. It makes me smile to see the ease with which she handles all the aspects of the parade.
I just hope everyone in the background or in the front ground realizes that we appreciate each and everyone, we could not do it without all of you. But please keep in mind all our entries and helpers are winners to us.
We have one more activity for Supertember. That is partnering with Schlagle Library for the 8th annual Butterfly Festival. Hope to see already friends and new friends there.
Our next meeting will be Oct. 8. The potluck dinner and social hour is at 6 p.m. and the meeting is at 7 p.m. Trophies will be presented to parade winners. See you there.
Lou Braswell is the executive director of the Leavenworth Road Association.