Celebrate Paris’ Treasures with Project P.A.R.I.S.
From ten am til noon, the Paris Preservation Celebration took place. There were games for kids, passports, and crafts that they could learn. The passports took them to different tables where they learned about different parts of Paris, including the Culbertson Fountain, Paris Eiffel Tower, and the origins of Paris. Each table earned them a sticker and gave them an activity to work on, all while filling out their passports. There was a table with Project P.A.R.I.S. helping kids make dolls out of yarn, cloth, clothes pins, pipe cleaners, glue, and tape. Other kids could play marbles just a few feet from the Culbertson Fountain.
Another activity going on was all the information on the project boards, researched and written by kids of Project P.A.R.I.S. There was a board dedicated to the Parisians who made it to the Major League; men like Dave Philly, Ricky Wright, and Jack Erwin Russell. You could also learn about Frances Cox Hardeson, The Texas Southern Railway, Senator A.M. Aikin, George W. Wright (founder of Paris), Dr. William Hayden, and the Fire of 1916. You could learn from Kira McFadden, the city attractions of Paris. You could have talked with Paul Mann, who did his project on the Paris Fire Department, and the reasons behind the great fires in Paris’ past. Jake Freelen did his report on First Federal Community Bank, which has been around since 1922, and 1937. From the Parisian Theatre, to Camp Maxey, even to the churches that have been here for a very long time, there was so much information to be garnered from this one-of-a-kind experience.
While all of this was happening, Paris songs sung by North Lamar students were playing, people were participating in the historic scavenger hunt, and magnets bearing “This Place Matters” were being handed out to the first 100 people who showed up for this downtown event. If you had made it downtown for this, you would have had a chance to take a picture in front of the Culbertson Fountain. The students of Project P.A.R.I.S. will make a collage poster to everybody who took part.