BROOKSVILLE — The parade of floats wound its way around Pine Grove Elementary School in late May, introducing little-known Florida towns and illustrating well-known ones to the onlookers.
These were the final projects of Patricia Doyle's fourth-graders, who had been studying the state's cities.
Doyle's students took their research beyond traditional reports by building floats and taking them throughout the school on parade. The event took great effort, and Doyle said she appreciated the assistance she and her class received from parents.
"We had tremendous parent involvement," she said, including with the expense and work of putting together the floats, the parade, tossing beads and handing out programs.
The Tarpon Springs float had a small sponge boat and a Greek flag on it. The Quincy float showed fish farms and pine plantations. Wewahitchka is a honey-producing town, so that float had honey bees and a jar of honey.
Ten-year-old Caustin Dillon's float was "The ABC's of Florida Immokalee." Caustin said Immokalee has an abundance of swamps, air boats and alligators.
Madeline Jean-Marie, 10, researched Zolfo Springs. She liked seeing other students' floats, as well.
Angela Guerrera, 10, learned an interesting fact about Okeechobee. "Do you know that more people go to Okeechobee than Busch Gardens every year?" she said.
Hypoluxo is near West Palm Beach, said Avery Wilson, 9. "We worked on this for about two months," he said. "I learned that in Hypoluxo, there is a barefoot mailman."
Mallory Thompson, 9, learned about Mexico Beach, which is on the Panhandle. "It's famous for its beautiful beaches and weddings," she said.
Jordan Worth, 10, who studied North Florida's Wewahitchka, said he enjoyed the parade. "It was fun and a lot of people were calling out and cheering for you."