PARKERSBURG - Hoping to capitalize on the success of the Christmas tree lighting event, organizers are working to create a Spring-Easter celebration at Parkersburg High School. Kiki Angelos, event coordinator, is working with officials to create the celebration, featuring a giant lit Easter basket in front of the school. Similar to the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at PHS, Angelos wants something similar to recognize spring and Easter.
"Easter is such an important holiday," she said. "It is a beautiful time of year with everything in bloom and warmer weather."
Parkersburg High Principal Pam Goots said Angelos approached the school wanting it to be involved.
The event will take place at the school three days after the Easter Parade and prior to Easter Sunday. Angelos said it will be March 26 at 6 p.m.
In lieu of a tree, officials are creating a giant Easter basket, similar to the large, lit displays at the Holiday in Park. The basket will be erected in front of the building and illuminated, like the Christmas tree. Angelos said it will be big enough to be seen from Dudley Avenue.
She said private donors are sponsoring the cost of the basket's construction.
Officials are still working on the program for the evening. Angelos is hoping to use the school's band, choir and the Red Wings. The program will also feature a guest speaker. The Easter Bunny and the Chick-fil-A cow will also be on hand.
Angelos said the PHS Key Club will hand out Easter eggs.
"We want to involve as many high school groups as we can," she said.
The area mayors have been invited, along with members of the Wood County Commission.
Goots said Angelos, who spearheads the annual Easter parade, is the driving force behind all of it .
Angelos started kicking around the idea last year. Next year's event will be bigger and include more ideas to combine from this year's event.
"It's something we will continue to do, like the Christmas tree event," she said.