THE HALLOWEEN FAIR
In honor of the KES PTO Halloween Fair (Oct. 28!) the spotlight shines on PTO Chairpersons, Teryn Kendall and Julie Creech
What is your favorite part of the Halloween Fair?
TK: I love that it is good, old-fashioned fun! The vintage carnival games are nostalgic for me, but also completely entertaining for the kids. It’s the best of both worlds!
JC: What I love most is the Haunted Hallway. It’s right out of an amusement park! What’s more is the fact that 4th grade students play a big role in designing and working at the event. Seeing both parents and students having fun and working together is special.
By the numbers: how many volunteers, how many tickets, how many prizes, etc…
We have a committee of 10 parents helping us plan everything from food to prizes to games. Then, of course, there are the class parents and parent volunteers — they fill 240 shifts on the day of the Fair!! Without these “boots on the ground,” the Fair could not take place. In addition to the class booths, parents volunteer on the day of the fair to blow up balloons, man the ticket tables, and run the cash register in the Black Hat Cafe, among many other tasks — they fill another 30 shifts! And that’s not even including the students who help out on their class booths, the community service volunteers who staff the prize booths and craft tables, as well as the past year’s co-chairs and committee members who volunteer their time attending planning meetings and responding to frequent emails and texts. Also, a shout-out to George Cook, KES’ Head Custodian, and his team. It truly is a school-wide effort.
Most challenging aspect of chairing an event of this size?
All the nitty gritty details. No single task is all that challenging, but when taken collectively it is quite daunting. The key for us so far has been delegating what we can to our amazing committee and then just making a list and checking the boxes as we go. There are always little things that pop up that you just have to address as best you can — “Who is going to paint this year’s date on the wooden signs??” — but then someone steps up and problem solved. This community loves this Fair and everyone wants it to be a success.
What do you want parents to know about the Fair?
The reason we volunteered to co-chair the Fair is because we both genuinely love it. It is a great chance just to be with your kids in a fun, screen-free, festive environment surrounded by friends and neighbors. The KES community truly shines on this day.
The Halloween Fair is not just for the kids, it is also a great opportunity for parents to connect.
COME SUPPORT THE KES PTO HALLOWEEN FAIR
OCTOBER 28, 2017 11 -3:30
– Anne Foray