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2021 Grand Marshal
This year’s Cherry Days Grand Marshall has been the most recognized school on the Western Slope of Colorado for the last decade. Paonia Elementary firmly believes that every student can and should learn and that learning is measured through growth. The state started measuring growth in 2008 and in 2010 PES earned its’ first Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. They have earned that recognition every subsequent year it has been given out but one. 2018 was a banner year, as PES also earned their first John Irwin School of Excellence Award as well and received the Colorado Succeeds Prize for Transitional Impact. In 2020, PES was one of only 57 schools nationwide to receive the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Award. As of this spring Paonia Elementary is no more, but the PES staff is moving up the hill to join the junior high staff and become Paonia K-8, with high expectations and a heck of a legacy to live up to.
Pictures provided by Tamie Meck
The route is Grand Ave to 3rd street turning down Oak St. to Town Park.
Parade Entries that would make a six-year-old smile -- step right up!