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The Northshore Family Center had the privilege of participating in the Bothell Community Parade this year. Paola Noel recruited her husband and two children to join in the fun along with Doan Tam, Children’s Program Specialist; Alisha Klaassen, Children’s Program Manager; and Mandi Jenkins, Northshore Family Center volunteer. We began the morning at the Firemen’s Breakfast where we mingled with fellow Bothell residents and chatted about the various programs going on at the family center. It was a delicious breakfast and a great opportunity to let the community know what we are all about.
At 11:30 am, the 7 of us joined together with other parade participants on the corner of 104th Ave and Beardslee, where we anxiously awaited our turn to shine. We were sandwiched between Batman and a blue convertible car. Talk about excitement! Batman was a hard act to follow as we were unclear if the cheers from the crowd were for him or for us, but we didn’t care. We chose to live in the moment and relish all that the parade stood for. We carried the banner while Paola’s two children handed out flyers and pamphlets to inform the public about our services. After an hour of heat, sunburned skin and waving galore- the parade came to an end.
It was tremendous fun and we all agreed that we look forward to participating again next year.