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A New Questa Tradition: A Storybook Parade

Drivers along the Carlos R. Cisneros Memorial Highway were treated to a special sight Monday, Oct. 31, as 165 students and teachers from Alta Vista Elementary/Intermediate School walked to the Questa Public Library in the very first Storybook Parade. The brainchild of Alta Vista’s new principal Elaine Romero, children in grades pre-K to 6 dressed as their favorite characters.


At the library, the storybook characters were treated with cookies, they colored on special gift bags proclaiming the joy of reading, and they left with a commemorative bookmark.


“This was a lot of fun,” said Questa Library Director Sharon Nicholson, “I love that Mrs. Romero sees the value in our public library and wants to work with us.”


“The storybook parade was an effort to blend our students’ desire to dress up for Halloween with a literacy lesson on characters,” said Principal Romero. “I am proud of the families, students, and teachers who read a book, chose a character, and walked in the parade. The characters came to life!


Thanks to Taos County Sgt. Jason Rael, also a parent and Questa Independent School Board President, who escorted our students safely across the highway. Thank you to all staff and our parents. Thank you also to the Questa Fire Department for providing an ambulance for the back of the parade escort. Thank you especially to the volunteers who provided the delicious cookies.”


Trick or Treat!