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Huntsville students celebrate new school year with parties

Parties and parades highlighted back to school festivities. Parties and parades highlighted back to school festivities.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

What started as a way to get money for school supplies has turned into a giant party.

Saturday, South Huntsville schools hosted their third annual Education Celebration. The event was held by Grissom High School and was sponsored by District 5 Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick.

"We've got all schools represented, and the community has come out and supported it," said Riddick. "It's a good time, and we're just having fun with it."

The event featured free, fun activities for both kids and their parents.

North Huntsville schools held their own back-to-school celebrations Saturday as well. Hundreds of people including Mayor Tommy Battle turned out for the 21st annual back-to-school parade and festival.

Laurie McCaully, Board of Education President, said it's not only a chance to showcase their students, but for future generations to look forward to starting school. "It's a time for our kids to come together, for young kids to look at older kids and say, ‘If I stay in school, I'm going to be a drum major, on a dance team, be in the band," McCaully said. "We hope to inspire them to engage them."

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