By Mary Senter
It was a beautiful morning for a parade at Lake Air Montessori Magnet School. The morning sky was a clear blue and the air was crisp like an October morning should be.
The only thing that might have seemed a little out of place was an overabundance of purple on a campus where green and white have traditionally dominated the color palette for many years.
Principal Stephanie Tankersley’s purple Mohawk-styled hairdo with glitter everywhere was also a surprise, but festive for the occasion.
“It’s the only day of the year you will see me with my hair like this,” she explained.
Principal Tankersley was not the only one dressed from head to toe in purple. The entire student body and all faculty and staff members were sporting the purple color of the Tarleton State University Texan Riders.
In celebratory fashion, the entire school took a short timeout from learning to participate in a homecoming parade around the school in honor of Tarleton State University.
Lake Air Montessori benefits from the professional development opportunities provided by Tarleton’s Effective Schools Project and many students in the university’s education school spend time training to become teachers on the Lake Air Montessori campus.
So that’s why it seemed appropriate for the Lake Air Leopards to put on some purple and celebrate homecoming along with the Texan Riders.
Students made homemade floats, which they carried around the school, waved signs and banners, and there were homecoming queens and kings who knew exactly how to wave to the crowd.
To help with the celebration, the University High School Drumline, Waco High School Cheerleaders, and the Junior ROTC members from both high schools participated in the parade. The entire school grounds were filled with cheering parade spectators, happy participants, the sounds of a homecoming, and lots and lots of purple.