HOUSTON – It’s planned and presented by students for students and its an annual food and fun event.
Picnic in the Park is a first-day-of-school celebration unique to Houston and it is coordinated by the Houston High School Student Council.
“We just have hamburgers, drinks and have a little fun,” said Leslie Bigby, Houston High School Student Council President. “They let out classes and we walk across the road to the park.
“It’s really pretty simple,” she added. “And it’s fun.”
Teachers and school officials are not sure how long Picnic in the Park has been going on, but they pointed out it is the perfect way to start the school year.
“We do this the first day of class and we have another one in the spring on the last day of class,” said Bigby. “The Student Council also tries to have an event every nine-weeks for students who have no tardies and no discipline problems.”
Bigby said there are some logistics to getting hamburgers cooked, buns put on the table and all the fixin’s that go with a hamburger plate complete with drinks and chips.
“Some of us have been doing it for a couple of year,” said Bigby. “Our sponsors and the other teachers help, too.”
Teachers are “invited” to the event, but tend to gather in their own group as they keep an eye on the kids.
Most kids get a bite to eat and then covey-up in groups to visit with friends they may not have seen since the summer break.
Even though they are now high school students, they still find a way to enjoy the slide, see-saw and merry-go-round in Joe Brigance. Most gather at the picnic tables at the pavilion.
Parkway Baptist Church always brings out their snowcone machine and serves up a cool desert.
“I’ve been here six year and we’ve done it every year I’ve been here,” said Todd Stanton, Minister of Youth at Parkway. “We just want to let kids know we support them at school, too. It’s just another way to show them someone loves them.”
The Houston High School Student Council is a leadership organization designed to promote student led activities.
The Student Council does a variety of community service project each year from the canned food drive and a fundraiser for LeBonheur Hospital to a Positive Behavior In School project and a blood drive.
Young people on Houston High School Student Council must not fail a class and must maintain a “C” average for each semester.