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Detroit student sees his winning design come to life during the 19th Annual Skillman Foundation Float Design Contest

Zacyrus Gaiter was the grand-prize winning artist

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Zacyrus Gaiter's winning design "Dreams Do Come True" is now a parade float.

 

DETROIT -- A talented Detroit student was overjoyed to see his artistic creation come to life for the first time today when The Parade Company unveiled The Skillman Foundation winning float design at The Parade Studio in Detroit.

Zacyrus Gaiter, an 8th grade student at Duke Ellington Conservatory, was the grand-prize winning artist. His drawing titled, “Dreams Do Come True,” was transformed into a float representing his dream neighborhood. Gaiter’s float features a vibrant neighborhood complete with beautiful homes, a library, science center, hospital, mall and even a ferris wheel and roller coaster. Gaiter will accompany his float along the parade route on Thanksgiving morning to celebrate with the thousands of parade goers during the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade®.

The artists, their families, teachers and principals attended the unveiling. Five honorable mention winners were also selected and invited to see the drawings of their dream neighborhoods on display. Representatives from Th e Parade Company and The Skillman Foundation joined the students for this special occasion.

“I look forward to this day each year when we get to celebrate the creativity and imagination of these wonderful students,” said Tony Michaels, President & CEO, The Parade Company. “The Skillman Foundation has been an amazing partner to The Parade Company for nearly two decades and we’re thrilled to add this new float to the lineup for the 84th America’s Thanksgiving Parade.”

“America’s Thanksgiving Parade® and Thanksgiving season is a time when we can come together and celebrate the good things we have,” said Carol Goss, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation. “We’re proud of these incredibly talented Detroit students for sharing their hopes and dreams in these creative drawings and know that this new float will bring smiles and joy to the millions of people who attend the Parade or watch it from home.”

About The Skillman Foundation

Created in 1960, The Skillman Foundation is a private philanthropy whose chief aim is to help develop good schools and good neighborhoods for children. Though grants are made throughout Metropolitan Detroit, most grants are directed at six Detroit neighborhoods – Southwest Detroit, Chadsey Condon, Brightmoor, Osborn, Northend Central and Cody Rouge – and toward innovative and successful schools throughout the city of Detroit.

About The Parade Company

Founded in 1984, The Parade Company is a not-for-profit organization governed by the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation whose board of directors is comprised of key civic and corporate leaders in the greater Detroit region. The Parade Company is celebrating 84 years of Parade tradition in Detroit. The mission is to fund, create and execute the best family events in metro Detroit. The Parade Company staff, the board of directors and thousands of parade volunteers work year-round to bring a wide variety of magnificent events to the City of Detroit, each year, including the Target Fireworks, Fifth Third Turkey Trot and America's Thanksgiving Parade®.

 

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Student's vibrant neighborhood floats its way into Parade

DETROIT — Beautiful homes. A library. Hospital. Roller coaster. Ferris wheel.

Those are the essentials created by Duke Ellington Conservatory eighth-grader Zacyrus Gaiter in his representation of his dream neighborhood. His drawing, "Dreams Do Come True," earned him the The Skillman Foundation winning float design for the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade.

The Parade Studio in Detroit unveiled the winning float Thursday with the winning artist, honorable mention recipients, their families, teachers and principals in attendance. Gaiter will accompany his float along the parade route on Thanksgiving morning.

Honorable mention winners include Leslie Basilio, sixth grade, Clippert Academy; Romance Keyser, fourth grade, University Prep Academy; Jayson Maryland, fifth grade, Farwell Leadership Academy; Bryan Hardy, sixth grade, Ivan Ludington Magnet; and Francisco Villagomez, eighth grade, Clippert Academy.

To learn more about this annual Thanksgiving tradition and see photos of past winners, click here.

 

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