Celebrating the Derby their way

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By The Staff

In addition to the daily duties performed by a group of instructional assistants self-named as SWAT (Super Women All the Time), these enthusiastic ladies have a unique talent for bolstering staff morale at La Grange Elementary.

This spring in Oldham County, Kentucky is no exception.

The week before the Kentucky Derby, these spirited women, Debbie Maddox, Sandy Uhler, Lora Stephanchick, Brook Coursey and Julie Asbeck put their heads together to create their own spin on the most exciting two minutes in sports.

The third-annual event begins when La Grange staff pay $5 for the chance to decorate and personalize a cut-out horse with meaningful names like, “Clothes Horse,” “Victorious Secret,” “Sailing Away,” “Wanna Ride” and “Clarkbar,” to name a few of more than 80 entries.

Sometimes, there’s no doubt which horse belongs to which staff member – other entries are more tricky to discern.

The SWAT team (and other contributors) provide a galloping gourmet of munchies, of course known as the Chow Wagon.

Each day while staff roll the dice to jockey their horses closer to the finish line, SWAT provides equine analysis of the cut-throat trip around the virtual track displayed in the mailroom.

Everyone is a winner in this horse play. All proceeds are promised to a local charity.