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Houston County High School’s FFA and FBLA take the reins on the 2020 Columbia Christmas Parade

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 4:42 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

For nearly 40 years the town of Columbia has hosted a Christmas parade but this year has a unique twist as it features artwork made by students at Houston County High School.

Santa’s helpers are in a different workshop this year. Houston County High school’s FFA and FBLA students are taking the reigns on this years town of Columbia Christmas parade.

“This year everyone is just kind of been shut in, haven’t been out much and we decided what we do is try to bring Christmas out to them,” Daphine Hamm, Ag teacher at Houston County High School said.

You’ll see scenes from all of your favorite Christmas movies entirely made out of scraps students have found.

“I think it teaches them good work ethic. I teach a lot of career prep classes and how to be successful and it’s really cool to see them make something out of nothing and see their pride in their work and that’s something that can be taught on paper and pen,” Ashley Lynn, business teacher at Houston County High School said.

A project students are spending endless hours on.

“It just brings people together, even with the pandemic and everything it still brings us together and we have fun with it,” Hunter Hires, 11th grader at Houston County High School said.

To help bring Christmas cheer to those who need it most.

“It’ll definitely give them a reason to smile especially with how things have been tough lately. I think this will take away from the things the world is experiencing and the conflicts and just get people time to enjoy the holidays, enjoy time with family and just celebrate, take a step back,” Alexis Phelps, 11th grader at Houston County High School said.

So you better not pout and you better not cry because the Columbia Christmas parade is coming to town.

“These are things you cant buy in a store, it’s going to be a experience, put together with a lot of love, a lot of heart, and a lot of work on their part,” Lynn said.

“So what we’re gunna do is work all day on that Saturday and we’re going to try and meet as many people we can and bring as much joy to small children as we can,” Hamm said.

The town of Columbia Christmas carnival and parade will be December 5th. Admission to the carnival is five dollars for an armband, giving you unlimited access to the carnival games, jumpy house, and hay ride. The carnival will be held from 3:30-5:30pm and prizes will be drawn at 5:30. The parade will start at 6pm.

All the proceeds from the carnival will help the Houston County Future Business Leaders of America.

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