“If the community isn’t coming into our school, why don’t we take the school into the community? Let’s have a parade!”

This was the brainstorm of Christie Payne, Principal of Homeland Park Primary School in Anderson, SC.

Christie had learned about Choose2Matter and hoped that her students would “internalize that they are important and have a contribution to make.”

The school recently held its third annual “Dream Big Parade.” Students walked in colorful T-shirts that read “You Matter.” The Fire Department and the high school band, cheerleaders, football players and color guard also marched. Community members and district officials stood along the parade route, clapping and cheering. Read this news article about the parade