With a goal of building an outdoor classroom and pavilion, as well as providing support to various school activities, Dibrell PTO officers put on their thinking caps to plan a festival.
The group recently sponsored an extravaganza at the school, encouraging students, faculty, individuals and area businesses to participate. PTO president Tommy Culwell and a large group of volunteers planned a fun night featuring activities for the children, involving parents in the process.
The Jurassic Adventure inflatable was a hit with students, as well as three other inflatables in the school’s auxiliary gym. Visitors could play games of cornhole, do karaoke, get contorted in the Wildcat Twister game or shoot some baskets in the free-throw challenge.
A fun photo booth was set up with props for guests, with the picture frame proclaiming “Always A Wildcat.” A temporary tattoo booth was also a hot spot, with kids of all ages getting inked. For those who could not stay on good behavior, a jail was manned by teachers, with “prisoners” having to pay a fine to be released, or get someone to bail them out.
Folks followed their noses to the cafeteria where delicious taco salads were served, along with hot dogs and other additions. Silent auction items provided by generous donors were displayed in the library, giving visitors the opportunity to place their bid and win fabulous prizes.
More hectic auction action took place in the school gymnasium, as attendees placed their bids on one-of-a-kind items either made or organized by each classroom of students and their teachers. Some of the unique items included memory photo books, recipe books, cornhole boards, painted outdoor chairs, wooden bench and a wooden patriotic flag wall hanging.
Several theme baskets were included in the live auction, including a grilling summer fun exhibit, a rainy day booth, a getting ready for kindergarten basket, and a group of items from the Pioneer Woman collection.
“We had such wonderful support in this endeavor,” said Culwell. “Our parents and grandparents bid a lot of money for some of these items, and we appreciate their generosity. We are also very grateful to all our parents, volunteers and folks in the community.”
The evening ended on a fun note, with an alumni basketball game including some students from as far back as 1987. Following those games, current Dibrell Wildcat basketball players challenged their parents to the court to play some hoops. It was reported all survived the friendly competition.
With over $10,000 made from the festival, it will be used toward the outdoor classroom and upgrading playground equipment.
“I’m not sure if people realize just how much the PTO helps our students and their activities,” said Culwell. “We probably fund at least 25 activities, including monetary support to all of our clubs. This is just something we want to do for the kids.”
Culwell is joined by PTO officers, Brandon Fuston, vice president; Wanda Cantrell, treasurer; and Allison Killian, secretary.