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Centertown rocks and rolls all night and raises over $20K

Centertown Elementary staff and students presented another successful Fall Festival Friday night. It was accomplished by a slate of parent and grandparent volunteers diligently working with the staff, as well as community helpers. 
“It was great. We had a wonderful turnout and are very pleased with the results,” said principal Pam Cowan. “This is our biggest fundraiser each year, and we appreciate all the help from the community and our Centertown family.” 
Throngs of folks gathered on the outside of the school anxiously awaiting the doors opening at 5 p.m. They were anxious to partake in a Prater’s Barbecue dinner, lots of fun games throughout the school, an auction and a talent show presented by students. Each year the eighth-grade class incorporates a theme, and this year they chose Back to the ’80s, welcoming some former students back to participate. The finale brought everyone to their feet, dancing to the popular “Gangnam Style”  dance
Fun-seeking children moved up and down the hallways, enjoying various carnival-type games, such as Plinko, chicken toss, Limbo, Oscar the Grouch’s trash throw, smack the cat and many more creative games. Balloon animals were a favorite of the children, as well as the game where the prize was a live goldfish.
Teachers sold grab bags filled with an array of donated items. Bags held Koozies, shirts, tote bags, stuffed animals, cups and lots of food coupons, providing a nice surprise to the purchase.
The gymnasium was the gathering place for the old-time cake walk, with walkers both young and old having fun with the game. All were hoping they would land on the lucky number garnering them a homemade dessert to take home to enjoy.
Auction items were also set up around the room, with many items donated by area businesses. Perhaps the most unique were made by teachers and their students, and available to the highest bidder. Teachers got creative with embellished flower pots, creative photographs of students, and various forms of artwork featuring Centertown students. Teacher Amy Partin’s photograph of her student’s autographed arms brought a whopping $200. Cowan said she estimated after expenses are taken out, the school will net approximately $21,000. 


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