The City of Douglas hosted two major Christmas events this past Saturday, including the third annual Tree Lighting Ceremony which was followed by the annual Christmas Light Parade up G Avenue.
The Tree Lighting event held outside City Hall, was dedicated to all teachers who help brighten the lives of our children.
“When I first arrived to the United States, I was a non-English speaking student,” Mayor Uribe said in his remarks. “Teachers were that place in school that I would run to and they would comfort me. They showed me how to structure my sentences, what kind of words I needed to use … so tonight is a very special moment as we honor our teachers.”
The mayor said there are no words that could fully express his appreciation for individuals whose words, actions, and emotions are so deeply invested in empowering our children to not only chase their dreams but also become contributing members of society.
“I want to thank you for doing the most important work of all, educating our next generation, “he said. “Technology as we know it today will continue developing today is a large part of education but I truly feel nothing can replace the power of a teacher’s inspiration, words and love they display in the classroom.”
Uribe made a point to single out his wife Jenea who is an educator. He says he sees all the work she puts in trying to strengthen and empowering her students to excel in life.
There were live performances by the Paul Huber and Ray Borane Middle School bands in addition to Christmas carols sung by Joanie Duarte’s class from Faras Elementary.
Local musician Davy Morales also performed.
Shortly after the Tree Lighting ceremony was over the annual Christmas parade up G Avenue was held.
An estimated 40 entries took part in the hour-long parade.
The City of Douglas invites the community to their next holiday event, Douglas on Ice, to be held on Dec. 15.
For more information visit the City of Douglas website www.DouglasAz.gov.