Families celebrate fall at area schools


TAYLOR COUNTY—On Saturday, during the beautiful fall weather, two area schools held their annual Fall Festivals and saw great support from the community.

West Taylor Elementary School held their 9th Annual Fall Fest on Saturday, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.

Families gathered in the gymnasium for games, face painting and more. Outside there were bounce houses, hayrides and other fun activities.

Members of the Grafton Fire Department and Boothsville Fire Department were also on hand to share some fire safety tips with families.

The event was a great way for families to celebrate fall while helping to support the school.

In addition, to all of the activities, the school also raffled off many baskets filled with goodies.

Principal Jamison Fisher reported that this is the Parent Teacher Organization’s (PTO) largest fundraising event and the monies go to field trips, curricular supplements, family nights, end-of-year fun day and more.

Fisher expressed that she was happy with the turn out and said there was something at the festival for everyone.

“We have had grandparents, aunts, uncles and families come through today. I just love it because it’s such a great community event,” Fisher said.

Fisher reported that the PTO has figured out that they spend $88 per student per year, but when you multiply that by approximately 320 students, that’s over $28,000.

“I would like to thank the community for their continued support to our students,” she expressed.

Also, on Saturday, Flemington Elementary School hosted their Annual Fall Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event was also free and open to the community.

Attendees had the chance to win amazing baskets that teachers and students worked hard to put together.

Families enjoyed fun games, great food, the haunted hallway, a cake walk, a costume contest and so much more.

Some of the games included corn hole, pumpkin bowling and more. Children received tokens for playing the games, and after they were able to cash them in for some great prizes.

Principal Melissa Lampinen reported that the money raised from the event will help fund field trips and other activities for students.

Lampinen expressed that the PTO did an amazing job and worked very hard to plan and set up everything for the event.

Throughout the day, the hallways and cafeteria were filled with families enjoying all of the activities.

“The community was amazing, and we appreciated all of their support,” she commented. “Thank you so very much for supporting our PTO and our 2019 Fall Fest.”

Lampinen would also like to thank all of the volunteers who helped make this day a success.

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