By Ely Schosek
Colden is a small and tight-knit community where it seems like everyone knows everyone. That makes events like the Colden Elementary Fall Fest that much more meaningful.
On Friday, Oct. 25, cars packed the school parking lot and lined the streets as families began to fill the school around 5:30 p.m., even though the event didn’t officially start until 6.
There were all sorts of games, face painting, a maze, apple cider and doughnuts and much more. The night also included crafts, an outdoor maze, basket raffle, book fair, and a penny toss to benefit the CES Student Council. There was also a Wendel’s Chicken BBQ to eat.
A few SGI High School students chose to volunteer at the event, each with their own set of reasons. As the volunteers began to arrive, we were split off into partners and sent in different directions where help was needed.
Julie Bartoszek and myself ran a Halloween-themed bingo game for the kids and their parents with candy corns as the markers. It was great to see all of the energy the kids brought into the room. From kindergarteners to the fifth graders, they all seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Olivia Giammarco and Annemarie Harrigan began the evening off with face painting and helped to hand out goodie bags to the kids as they were leaving.
Annemarie said, “I enjoyed giving back to the community and spending time with the kids.” She also mentioned that it “brought everyone together and just showed a sense of community.”
“I enjoyed helping other volunteers make the best possible experience for the kids while spending time with some of my friends in a lovely environment,” Olivia added. “This is an event that brought much of the Colden and SGI community together whilst celebrating the spirit of the fall season.”
Kaleigh Baczkowski and Brooke Kazmierczak helped out with a variety of tasks, including the haunted house, face painting and clean-up of the gym. Both girls noted that it was nice for them to see their old school and everyone within it.
“Colden is such a small community and it helps connect people to get to know each other better,” Brooke said. Even if you didn’t go to school at CES, it was great just to see the families enjoying themselves.
“I helped make sure the exit of the haunted house was OK and made sure everyone stayed off the playground,” Kaleigh noted. “Some kids would take things out of the haunted house I would ask them to put back.” She also enjoyed seeing the kids have fun and making sure they were safe.
All in all, the Colden Elementary Fall Fest was a great experience for all in attendance, whether they be students, parents, volunteers or staff members. There was something for everyone!
The CES Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is thankful for all the families that attended and helped to make the event a success and for the amazing kids who are the reason the event takes place.