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Morrison raises $7K at fall festival
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Third grader Aubrey Silvus uses a spray bottle to squirt her duck to victory during Morrison’s Fall Fest Friday night. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Halloween may be over but that didn’t stop the seasonal fundraising at Morrison Elementary. The school raised $7,000 during its annual fall festival, which will go toward more window wrap safety screens.

One of the most entertaining games was Rubber Duck Regatta. Teacher Christy Farless draped a blue tarp across a couple of tables with two gutters filled with water. After selecting a rubber duck of their choice, two students competed by using squirt bottles to spray their duck to the finish line. 

“It was fun and a little harder than it looks,” said third-grader Aubrey Silvus. “I can’t wait to walk around and see what other games there are.”

The science lab was converted into a gaming room with three video games, cards and checkers, which is where many boys could be found.

“It’s easy and offers different options that people of all ages can really get involved in,” said teacher Chris Roberson. “For each game there are two controllers and I give them eight minutes to rotate to keep it revolving.”

For the girls, the Nail Salon set up at the end of one hallway was popular. Friends and fellow fifth-graders Kyleigh Dodson and Chloe Wanamaker took advantage and left with freshly polished nails. In fact, it was a first-time experience for Wanamaker.

“I’ve never had my nails painted before so I went with my favorite color – purple,” said Chloe.

In the gym, tables displayed a wide assortment of baskets for the auction. Music also played and occasionally a student would work up the courage to participate in a little karaoke. Others simply enjoyed busting a move along with their favorite song.

Morrison King and Queen went to fourth-grader Jerrin Jordan and fifth-grader Carlyn Sweeton, who both raised the most money in their buckets that night. As for Morrison Prince and Princess, those titles went to first-grader Tripp Medley and kindergarten Taylen Ashford. Each student smiled big while being crowned.

As for the pumpkin contest, here are the following first place winners:

Pre-K - Kindergarten:  Colt Grissom for his dinosaur pumpkin

1st - 2nd:  Sofia Flores for her Cinderella carriage pumpkin

3rd - 4th:  Mallory Cantrell for her popcorn movie cinema-themed pumpkin 

5th - 8th:  Miley King for her spa-themed pumpkin with cucumber eye masks, a shower cap and shower curtain

People’s Choice: Samantha Saldana with her turtle pumpkin 

“Everyone had a great time,” said Morrison principal Kim Cantrell. “We are thankful for all the support.”