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PPS Proud To Be In Portland’s 2016 Pride Parade!

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PPS Proud To Be In Portland’s 2016 Pride Parade!
Posted on 06/18/2016
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On Saturday, June 18, one of the Portland Public Schools’ signature yellow school buses and more than 100 students, staff and other supporters participated in Portland’s annual gay pride parade.

The group marching or riding in the bus as the parade wound its way from Monument Square on Congress Street to Deering Oaks Park met with cheers and applause from the spectators lining the streets.

Included in the PPS contingent were incoming new Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana and his family, Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker, members of the Portland Board of Public Education and representatives from the Maine Education Association.

Although some staff members and students have individually participated in the parade since the late 1990s, this year’s event marks the second time the school district has had a formal presence in the parade.

“As Maine’s largest and most diverse school district, the Portland Public Schools welcomes the opportunity to be part of an annual event that celebrates inclusivity, diversity and unity,” said Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker.

She noted that the parade this year took place less than one week after an act of terror and hate targeted members of the LGBT community in Florida. “Our participation in Portland’s parade this year will help send an important message to our students, staff, families and the public that our district works to foster harmony and understanding and that we welcome and value everyone in the Portland Public Schools,” Crocker said.

The annual Pride Parade is organized by Pride Portland!

In 2015, which was the first time the district was an official participant in the parade, about 50 Portland Public Schools’ staff, students, school board members and other supporters joined in the parade, along with a yellow school bus. This year’s group of participants was about double the size of last year’s.
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