Archive - Oct 21, 2011 - News Article
Perhaps a U.S. Postal Service uniform would have been an appropriate addition to the Wapakoneta Area Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade.
While lacking its typical turnout, neither rain nor gloom of night kept a still large contingent of people from turning out to the annual parade.
âMy parents brought me here,â said Marilyn, who had brought her two young daughters to the parade. âWe never missed. Now the girls love to come. It is a family tradition.â
Ten-year-old Gerri said she loved coming to the parade every year.
Links of alternating red and white hang from the Wapakoneta High School cafeteria ceiling.
The paper chain serves as a reminder â to be kind to one another.
Each link in the chain symbolizes a random act of kindness, something done by one student for another.
Chain links and a box to submit those random acts of kindness that have been documented on them sit on a table in the cafeteria and can be filled out anytime.
The idea for the chain came from students who belong to a new group,
A local resident is a part of a national organization with one major commonalty â his name.
Wapakoneta native and owner of Insta-Shade, Jim Smith, is apart of the Jim Smith Society. This group has approximately 2,000 members throughout the United States and the groupâs sole purpose is getting together for fellowship and celebrating a name they all share.
âItâs like a giant family reunion,â the 1977 Wapakoneta High School graduate said.