A big thank you to all of our volunteers, donors, and supporters who helped prepare and participate in walking with us in Manchester’s Annual Christmas Parade this weekend! The parade has been a long-standing tradition in the city for over ten years and is run by InTown Manchester, who selected us to be this year’s Grand Marshal.

“Manchester Proud was chosen as Grand Marshal for this year’s parade because of their work bringing our city together around a common vision for the schools and our communities ”, said Sara Beaudry, Executive Director of InTown Manchester. “The number of people who came representing Manchester Proud was incredible – the positivity and enthusiasm the entire group brought was contagious! Manchester Proud will be changing the way our community works with our schools. With Manchester Proud, I believe the sky is the limit.” Beaudry said.

Residents, business leaders, school faculty, staff, students, and community partners such as the Boys and Girls Club of Manchester and the Manchester YMCA showed up to walk the parade route with us. Be sure to scroll through the pictures above!

Frank FM, this year’s parade Master of Ceremonies said, “This is the group to watch, they are bringing folks together to hear what needs to happen in the city’s schools.”

Don’t forget, we are currently holding listening sessions across the city to hear from all community members, including those who do not have children in the schools, to better understand how we can design a strategic plan that empowers all students to thrive and the community to benefit from a district characterized by excellence.

All listening sessions require RSVPs so that facilitators can plan accordingly. To find out about sessions being held in your neighborhood, visit ManchesterProud.org/events.