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Teens decorate Rose Bowl floats

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Kiwanis and MUSD take 14 to Pasadena

For 14 Madera teenagers, the official theme of the 124th Rose Parade on Tuesday couldn’t have been any more appropriate: “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”

As members of the Kiwanis International Key Club they decorated three of the 42 floral floats that processed five miles before about 700,000 on-site spectators, according to the Associated Press, and many millions more worldwide via television.

The teens’ journey, co-sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Greater Madera and Madera Unified School District, began 1:45 a.m. Dec. 30 when their bus left the Madera High School library to meet up with a convoy of charter buses in Fresno. Those buses headed south by 3:30 a.m. carrying hundreds of Key Club members from throughout the San Joaquin Valley. After a five-hour ride, they reached an active construction area where they would work on several floats, which cost more than $80,000 each, according to Chuck Genseal, Key Club advisor for Madera High and Kiwanis club member.

“With only a break at noon for lunch, our 14 Key Club members labored tirelessly, first separating flowers and boughs of leaves individually by hand and then painting glue onto their back sides,” Genseal said...


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