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.
â€śMy parents brought me here,â€ť said Marilyn, who had brought her two young daughters to the parade. â€śWe never missed. Now the girls love to come. It is a family tradition.â€ť
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 groupâ€™s sole purpose is getting together for fellowship and celebrating a name they all share.
â€śItâ€™s like a giant family reunion,â€ť the 1977 Wapakoneta High School graduate said.