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Dibrell open house scheduled Friday
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Dibrell Elementary will be holding an open house this Friday beginning at 5 p.m. to celebrate the completion of the school’s renovation and expansion project.
According to principal Robbie Hitchcock, the event will be attended by elected officials, past principals, school system central office officials and personnel along with the Dibrell community and those who have ties to the school. Special invitations will be sent to the many supporters who purchased commemorative bricks for the memorial walk.
“Of course the public is invited,” said Hitchcock. “We want everyone to come see our beautiful new gym, cafeteria, library, offices and classrooms. We are so excited.”
Dibrell’s PTO has some entertaining events planned for the open house which will not only showcase the school, but provide a chance to do some fundraising which will allow the organization to help out with projects like the outdoor pavilion the students utilized for classes during construction.
PTO president Wanda Cantrell, treasurer Lisa Davis and secretary Gidget Davis have all been instrumental in planning the event along with Dibrell employees
“The ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at 5 p.m.,” Cantrell said. “Then they’ll have tours of the building from 5-7 p.m.”
The PTO is going to be serving a BBQ supper with $6 a plate for BBQ, and $3 a plate for a hot dog. Later in the evening, students will be performing in the school’s new gym.
“At 7 p.m. we’ll be having a short program in the gym with a performance by our band and a chorus group,” Cantrell said. “Then we’ll be having a door prize drawing that the kids are collecting donations on right now.”
The PTO has persuaded Hitchcock to provide some extra impetus to pulling in ticket donations.
“The challenge is if they collect donations for 10,000 tickets, then they get to tape Mrs. Hitchcock to the wall,” Cantrell said, noting the group appreciated the school administration’s cooperation. “The PTO kind of wanted to tag along with the open house festivities to do a fundraiser because we haven’t had an opportunity to do one for a while. Last year we were limited in what we could do and this year with the construction we haven’t been able to do anything, so we thought this would be a good time.”
Cantrell said the PTO isn’t trying to turn the open house into a full-fledged festival, but did see an opportunity to bring in some money the group can use to benefit the students.
“We didn’t want to go all out with it, like a festival or anything,” Cantrell said. “We wanted it to be an open house because it is about the completion of our building, but everybody needs some supper, so come look at our building and have supper with us and help us raise a little money and have a little fun.”
Cantrell says the drawing should be one of the highlights of the evening.
“We have some great prizes,” Cantrell said. “We have an iPad 2, a $250 Walmart card. a $100 Kroger card, a $100 Foodland card, a Garman GPS, two tickets to a Predators game, and several of the local restaurants have given us gift cards.
“So come on out and join us,” Cantrell added. “It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s all for a good cause.”