The day began seeing chairs set out along the streets of Charter Oak...people were saving their spots for the First Ever Charter Oak Holiday Parade. This is going to be a real parade!
December 9th was a wonderfully chilly evening as parade entries lined up in Charter Oak Park and along Covina Boulevard. The festive atmosphere was fun and exciting as decorated vehicles and people in Santa hats staged themselves to enter the parade. There were marchers
signing and singing, local youth groups including Charter Oak Football and Cheer and COYSBA. The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts joined the parade some walking with signs for their organizations while others created an elaborate Polar Express float of over 100 feet! Each school in Charter Oak Unified was represented showing off their reading accomplishments, the gift of knowledge and more! Glen Oak’s entry featured a STEAM powered sleigh driven by Santa and Mrs. Claus with reindeer and everything! They even did a wheelie to kick off the parade! The COHS Marching Regiment was of course a highlight and started everyone off in the parade spirit. The Enrichment Program and Charter Oak Children’s Center had little marchers; Washington featured their bulldog, the Badillo Panthers were there; Cedargrove was golden on the Aloha Holiday float accompanied by their awesome PTA; Willow showed off their gift of knowledge; Royal Oak featured their colorguard; Sunflower highlighted
their interesting new clubs and cute little Christmas VW Bug driven by Principal Raigosa! Charter Oak High School students participated
through ASB, GSA, ASL, Unity Club, Interact and so many more. We loved seeing Nightmare Before Christmas on the COEF float.
The vendors and food trucks were busy after the parade as everyone enjoyed browsing the Holiday Festival and then finished off the evening with an exceptional fireworks display! What a great night!
We thank our very own Governing Board Members and Superintendent for supporting this event that brought the entire CO community together. We were happy to show our Charger spirit to newly elected Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Glendora City Councilmembers Gene Murabito, Gary Boyer, Judy Nelson and Mendell Thompson. The District appreciates the collaboration with LA County Sheriff’s Department, Covina PD, LA County Parks and Rec as well as Public Works. With their assistance, the parade went off without a hitch! Thank you to you all!
We also appreciate our sponsors and encourage you to check them out when in need: Taco Bell; Custom Signs, Inc.; BBT Athletics; Sandalwood
Construction; Schneider Electric; ROTOLO Chevrolet; AVC Corporation; Charter Oak Gymnastics; Keygent; Glendora Chevrolet; New York Life; Pest Innovations; Athens; Inclan Insurance; Keenan; PyroSpectacular; National Ready Mix and The Crazy Dog Ladies Pet Sitting and Dog Walking.
Save the date for next year and plan to brighten up the CO streets for the theme of “Light Up the Night!” on December 8, 2017! We challenge to you show us your lights! Awards will be given for the best lit entries! Plan now and we look forward to seeing you for the 2nd Annual CO Holiday Parade!!
Thank you CO!