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MES fall festival fun for families

Article Date: 
26 October, 2012 (All day)

Friends and family of Morgan Elementary students fell into fun at the fall festival.   The rain didn’t keep the crowds away from the party set up in the school’s gym, cafeteria and hallway.  Over 300 children and adults attended the fall festival making it a huge success.   
The festival lasted three fun filled hours.  The attendees purchased wristbands at the door that allowed them unlimited play throughout the night. They won prizes and had fun spending time at the school with their families.  Twelve stations were set up with games to delight the young participants.  A treat walk allowed students to walk around to spooky music in the hopes of winning treats that were donated by parents for the cause.  In addition to the games, the festival offered treats and snacks.  Party goers were able to satisfy their appetite with pizza and more in the cafeteria.  There was a silent auction and raffle where lucky winners took great prizes home that had been donated by students and community members.
This year the PTSO decided to replace the annual carnival that has traditionally been held outside and during the first couple of weeks of the school year with the fall festival.  The group felt it would give more time to organize the event and get the word out as well as let the students get into the routine of the new school year.  
The party had several purposes.  It gave Morgan elementary students the chance to bring their families to the school and spend a fun evening together.  It was evident this first goal was met.  
“The families in Morgan enjoy time to be with their children,” Pam Stephens, member of the PTSO board observed.  Stephens helped coordinate this huge event and was pleased with the participation.
“My favorite part was really just seeing everybody coming together and enjoying,” Courtney Gualco, PTSO president enthused. “It really looked like the kids were having fun and the adults were having fun watching them and visiting with others.”
The second purpose of the event was to raise funds for activities sponsored by the PTSO.  The PTSO was able to raise approximately $1,300 during the evening.  That money goes into the PTSO fund to help with school needs throughout the year.  One of the areas the organization is putting specific attention to is field trips and helping make sure each grade is able to take a trip this year.  
Everyone involved gives credit to all of the volunteers that made the night successful.  “It takes a lot of people to make it run smooth,” Stephens said.  Volunteers planned and prepared for weeks.  Volunteers helped set up and decorate and run all of the booths.  Parents, grandparents, aunts, friends and neighbors came together to help make it a great night.