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Small-school float wins top prize in Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade

Cincinnati Technology Academy puts Grinch in turkey day
Posted at 3:44 PM, Nov 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-28 19:22:14-05

CINCINNATI — Kids from the Cincinnati Technology Academy put the Grinch in Thanksgiving.

A group from the small school of 200 students on Glenway Avenue built a “Whoville” float for Thursday’s Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade and won the top prize.

"You can look around. Every student here has a smile on their face and a frosty red nose," said Administrative Assistant Lisa Whitaker.

"Our kids are 99% below poverty here. They don't have shoes. They don't have jackets, coats, scarfs, hat," Whitaker said.

But they do have each other and teamwork. That's what kept them working on their float for hours after school – making all of it by hand.

"It's just nice when you grow up very poor and you give back. "It's nice to see that everybody has a smile on their face and is happy," Whitaker said.

The annual parade along Glenway and Warsaw avenues included eight floats and about 1,500 participants.

"It’s a lot of work, but it’s such a big deal for the families and the people that watch the parade,” said Cindy Armstrong, parade chairperson. “The people that were watching it when they were little, and now they're adults and watching it with their kids."