By Cheryl Conway
Many students, families, teachers and staff gathered at Tinc Rd. School in Flanders last month for some good old fashion fun.
Held Sat., Sept, 24, from noon to 3 p.m., the Fall Family Festival is held annually to not only gather families but to raise money for the fifth grade field trip. This year’s event raised about $1,700, according to Leigh Cohen, co-chair of this year’s festival.
“The festival raises money for the fifth grade class field trip to Jefferson Lake at the end of the year,” says Cohen. The festival has been held for the past 18 years.
Another parentAlexandra Weinckowski helped Cohen organize this year’s fair along with a group of fifth grade parents.
Some special guests included Dr. Richard Fair, Tinc Rd. School principal, as well as Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Mt. Olive superintendent of schools.
“We had a variety of activities for the students and their families to enjoy,” describes Cohen. “Some require the purchase of tickets, but there were also a number of free things to do. Many small games are set up on the blacktop for the kids to play that are run by fifth grade students. We also had a few of the fifth grade girls doing face painting and temporary tattoos.
“There was a slingshot which was new this year where kids could shoot tennis balls at a target,” continue Cohen. “The two favorite attractions are pumpkin chuckin’ and the dunk tank. These require the purchase of tickets. Staff members from the school generously donate their time to sit in the dunk tank. This year we had two teachers, Brittany VanHouten and Samantha Darnesto and two members of the custodial staff, Mr. Mark and Mr. Steve.”
In addition to games, many local restaurants donated food for people to purchase such as pretzels, pasta dishes, hotdogs, cupcakes and more, adds Cohen.
There was no admission fee and the fair included many free activities for families to participate. Certain attractions such as the dunk tank and the pumpkin chuckin’ did require the purchase of tickets. Each ticket had a $1 value and could be used for games or food.
“Watching the fifth graders participate in the fund raiser by helping set up, running games and face painting was a lot of fun to watch, especially for those of us who’s kids will be leaving Tinc this year, but I think the highlight, as it is every year, is seeing the kids and their excitement at getting a chance to dunk their favorite teacher!” concludes Cohen.