With the threat of rain and severe weather, Irving College Spring Festival organizers made a move – inside. The original plan was to have most of the activities outdoors on the expansive school lawn, but were able to relocate everything inside.
The auxiliary gym was filled to capacity with inflatables and excited children running from one activity to another. A large array of auction items, ranging from nursery plants to handcrafted items, were displayed in the other gymnasium.
In addition to enjoying the inflatables, children could participate in games presented in many of the classrooms, ranging from the typical ring toss and pick-up ducks to a burlap sack race and karaoke. Many had memorable photos made in a fun photo booth, utilizing various props.
According to Parent Volunteer Group president Tia Taylor, the move was very successful, with everyone getting into the spirit of the evening.
One particularly interesting story coming from a recent electrical fire at the school was shared by third-grade teacher Betty Clendenon. It seems she and her students made an extra effort to keep their auction item safe.
“Both third-grade classes worked on a unique quilt featuring photos and names of all the students, and we were working on it in my classroom,” said Clendenon. “After I found smoke in a closet, reported it, and got my kids out safely, I remembered the quilt and we made sure it was safe.”
That quilt sold for more than $1,000 at the auction.
An array of delicious food items were served in the school cafeteria. Barbecue, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, assorted desserts and beverages were the hot items on the menu.
Using the fun theme, Through the Decades, students chose songs starting with the ‘60s going through current times for a talent presentation for parents and friends. They were able to learn about the chosen time frame and choreograph a fun dance routine from that era.
“We had a wonderful festival, exceeding our goal of $5,000 to over $10,000,” said Taylor. “We have to attribute the great outcome to our dedicated parents and family members, staff and community for all the hard work put into this event.”
Taylor is joined in the Parent Volunteer Group by officers Beth Burnett, secretary and Becky Fults, treasurer.