Originally posted by the Topeka Capital Journal.
For the first time, East Topeka Junior High will have not one, but two floats in the Saturday’s Fiesta Mexicana parade — including former students who want to memorialize the school and a prominent educator who began her career there.
The former students of the school’s final graduating class of 1980 organized a reunion around the event, inviting all of the students who were at the junior high in its last year.
“We just want to let people know that East Topeka Bulldogs still care about their school,” said Edward Negrete, one of the organizers.
The former students had tried to reunite for years with no results. Finally, Negrete and a few others took matters into their own hands. They originally planned for just one float, consisting of a decorated flatbed truck, but they received such an enthusiastic response that they decided to add another.