Chili, cornbread, games, and prizes warmed the hearts and tummies of staff, students, and community members October 27, as Coalmont Elementary School hosted its annual fall festival.
According to Dr. Russell Ladd, principal, the school raised funds and “spirits” with faculty and staff sponsored chili and cornbread cook-offs as well as games for both students, guardians, and the surrounding community.
“We wanted to open the doors to our school and host a fall festival that welcomed the entire community and invited participation from more than just ourselves,” Ladd said. “The chili cook-off and staff cornbread cook-off provided just that opportunity.”
Ladd said that weeks before the event, the Parent Involvement Committee led by Cheryl Smith, fourth-grade teacher, met to discuss ways to invite parent and community involvement in the school.
“More parents were involved in events such as our chili cook-off and cornhole games” Smith said. “In the future, we plan to sell bricks in the gymnasium that parents, guardians, and alumni can paint in memory, honor, or to cheer on their favorite players.”
Money raised from Friday’s event goes to the school’s classroom funds. This helps teachers purchase much needed supplies, Ladd said.
“We appreciate the support everyone who came to our fall festival on Friday, and participated,” Ladd said. “Thank you all for everything you do for Coalmont.”