Irish eyes were smiling and so were the faces of Metropolitan Community College student and employee volunteers who took part in Kansas City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.
MCC’s float took second place in the schools division. It’s quite a feat for taking part in the parade for only the second time.
The float featured a rainbow ending in a pot of gold. The phrase “Be MCC Lucky” along with the College’s mission statement, “Preparing students, serving communities, creating opportunities,” were also part of the design. On the back of the float was a giant shamrock with the MCC logo and tagline “Your College. Your Future.”
Mary Beth Hope, coordinator of MCC’s St. Patrick’s Day planning committee, said the goal this year was to increase participation over last year.
Last year, MCC had a decorated pickup truck with seven volunteers walking the parade route, which travels down Broadway right past the Administrative Center and Health Science Institute.
More than 30 people — students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees — represented MCC at this year’s parade. Even more people volunteered their time to build and paint the float.
Je-Anne Rueckert and her building trades students at MCC-Business & Technology teamed up with Darlene Town and her graphic arts students from MCC-Penn Valley to create the float. Mitch Clinkenbeard from Facilities at BT also helped a ton.
Jen Dec from MCC’s Fab Lab created the lettering. Lloyd Hale, facility services manager at MCC-Maple Woods, donated the trailer the float was built on. He even dressed up like a leprechaun and drove the truck that pulled the float in the parade.
Hope says during the float’s construction she “was amazed at the work by the students, especially the rainbow.”
It was a multi-campus effort to remind Kansas City residents they can enroll in MCC to make their own luck when it comes to a college education or learning a trade.
“It was exciting to see students get MCC’s name out there and talk with members of the community,” Hope said. “You could see how proud the students are of MCC.”
MCC-Penn Valley and Maple Woods president Tyjaun Lee was one of the parade judges this year.