A’Burg Public hosts “Winter Festival” over weekend

By Joel Charron

The cold snow and freezing winds of winter were replaced by the sunny smiles and warm laughter during Amherstburg Public School’s first Winter Festival on Saturday.

Amherstburg Public’s first annual Winter Festival served as a fundraising event aimed at purchasing playground equipment for its students and help curtail field trip costs.

According to Chairperson of the Amherstburg Public’s Parent Involvement Committee, Alison Pillon, organizers were very pleased with the first time festival’s attendance.

“We had a great turnout,” said Pillon. “We are very pleased on how the festival turned out. Parent council really came through.”

Pillon said that even families from other schools came to support their cause.

As guest stepped inside the school’s gymnasium, they were treated to an abundance of activities to wash away the winter blues.

James Ledoux, 5, fires a rubber ball at group of bowling pins dressed as snowmen, Saturday afternoon at Amherstburg Public School. The bowling game was one of several games available to children during the school's 'Winter Fest."

Students of all ages took part in beanbag tosses, face painting, bowling and pin the nose on the snowman. There was even a chance for students to win a cake of their choice in the festival’s cakewalk.

For those who were taking a break from the activities, Cat’s Meow Dance Studio and Ki Moo Gwan Tae Kwon Do put on interactive demonstrations.

To fill the bellies of the youngsters Dominos Pizza provided food. Chip, pop, cotton candy and other treats were made available to the children.

Pillon said this was the school’s first attempt at a Winter Festival and it created “a lot of running around.” She said she would have never been able to put an event like this together if it wasn’t for the Parent Involvement Committee, Chris Mills and Lori Hugli, the school’s principal and vice-principal and volunteers from General Amherst and their Grade 8 students.

Grade 8 student, Maddison Trymbulak said seeing all the smiles on everyone’s face has really helped make the Winter Festival a fun day for her.

“It’s just fun getting people to come and have a good time,” she said.

Tymbulak said her favourite part of her day was when her and a friend were able to sneak over to the photo booth, dress up in crazy costumes, and have their photo taken.

The amount raised from the Winter Festival was unavailable at press time. According to Pillon they hope to keep the festival a yearly tradition.

“I would really hope that this would continue,” she said.

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