Thornwell Continues Christmas Parade Tradition

Award-Winning Float Features Dr. Seuss Classic

Thornwell children have made a tradition out of appearing on Christmas floats in local parades and did so this year as well. This year’s Christmas parade float featured a Who Village from the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas and was the talk of the Clinton and Laurens parades on December 3.

“The Christmas float tradition is one we do just for the kids,” said Jenn Stanley, director of faith formation and Christian nurture at Thornwell. “Our kids love dressing up for the parade and being a part of the festive atmosphere.”

Stanley, along with many Thornwell children and staff members, began working on the float in September. Family teacher Adam Hucks designed the float, and Sam Spoon led the construction efforts.

Stanley put her artistic skills to work drawing the Who characters, while family teachers Leah Hucks and Kay Goodson and a few Thornwell children helped paint the Who characters. Cooper Motor Company and Eastern Tree Service both helped with this year’s efforts.

Thornwell won the first place prize in the Non-Profit / Churches / Government Agencies / Schools category. The overall winner will be announced December 20. Thornwell has received the overall prize for the last two Clinton parades, when the Charlie Brown Christmas and Rockin’ Around the Thornwell Tree floats won the top spot.

Saturday was a big day for Thornwell traditions. The Justin Pepper Lunch took place that same day to continue a young man’s legacy of caring, kindness, and compassion.