The 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration and parade are coming up Jan. 12 and Jan. 13, and organizers are asking Coweta students to submit short essays about their dreams.
The deadline for essay entries is Jan. 5. Students are asked to write about their dreams, whether for themselves, their families, community, country or world. Essays should be 100 words or fewer.
Students with the best essays will be asked to participate in the annual commemorative ceremony, and students who submit essays will have the opportunity to participate in the parade.
The commemorative program will be Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 6 Lovelace St., Newnan.
The theme of this year’s event is: Honoring the Dream through Commitment, Education and Service.
This year’s grand marshal is Winston Dowdell, longtime educator and current member of the Coweta County Board of Education.
The parade will step off at noon on Saturday, Jan. 13 from Newnan High School. Floats should be lined up by 9:30 a.m. for judging. Participants who aren’t being judged should be lined up by 11:30.
The parade will take the new route that began last year, heading from the school up LaGrange Street to Salbide Avenue and Greenville Street. It will then take a left onto Madison Street, a left onto Jackson Street, and head back through downtown to Newnan High.
After the parade, the community is invited to a hot dog lunch in the school cafeteria.
The annual event is put on by Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star.
The essay program is a way to get the youth involved. The community’s young people are “what we really base everything around,” said Sister Janice Walton.
Proceeds from the parade and other OES events go toward scholarships. Last year, the chapter was able to award eight scholarships of $500 each.
“We want to remind the community that our Eastern Star group is all about service to the community – that is what we’re for,” Walton said.
For more information about the parade or to submit an essay, contact Worthy Matron Mary Paige at 404-483-8671, Associate Matron Karen Britt at 845-664-2029 or Past Matron Margaret Thompson at 770-253-1559.