Lena Dunn Elementary parents and PTO members Denise Parsons and Diana Sipes had a dream: to provide the children, parents and teachers at the school a sense of community and pride and so the Lena Dunn Fall Fiesta was born.
"We spoke with Mrs. Brenda Butcher, our principal, and a few of the teachers and they were all for the idea last year," said Sipes. "We were going to try to make it happen then but due to the lack of time, we just didn't have the chance to get everything put together."
Sipes said this year the PTO, Butcher, and the teachers all met and decided to move forward with their plans for the Fall Fiesta. "It's definitely been a learning experience for all of us," said Sipes. "But after all, life is about always learning."
Those involved in the planning of the projects said they hope with each year, the event will continue to grow and will become something that people look forward to attending annually. Butcher said in the future the school hopes the PTO will be able to continue the fiesta as well.
"The entire school staff really came together for this," said Butcher. Teachers and staff members in addition to the PTO worked countless hours preparing and coming up with activities for the two-hour long event. "Our maintenance department and cafeteria staff have donated their time as well," Butcher added. "Everyone has been very supportive of this for our students."
The event, held Saturday on the school grounds, featured various carnival games, a dunk tank featuring some of the teachers, a hay ride around the track, and a coney supper among other things. Some of the more festive games included pumpkin ring toss and sack races. Students and their families could purchase a bracelet for $5 to play all the games.