Washington Harvest Hoedown
Washington Primary School students were talking about the second annual PTA Harvest Hoedown for days in advance of the big event. A throng turned out last Friday night and enjoyed games, dancing, face painting and even a tattoo station.
PTA volunteer Michele Deegan coordinated the evening, which featured plenty of activity stations to keep hundreds of students and family members busy. The entire Washington community was able to get involved in one way or another. Teenage volunteers from Huntington High School and J. Taylor Finley Middle School pitched in and provided "invaluable" assistance at the game stations, Mrs. Deegan said.
The popular dance floor drew a crowd. A mummy-wrap station was a fun addition to the evening. There was even a "Harvest Hoedown Art Wall" where volunteers assisted students and their siblings in creating festive art work destined for display in the hallway.
Meanwhile, outside the gym area where many of the activities occurred, students enjoyed hula hooping, sack races, and "kick the pumpkin." "Don't worry, no real pumpkins were harmed during that activity," Mrs. Deegan joked.
PTA volunteers seemed to have the market cornered on games. But, what's a party without pizza and treats? That was covered, too. Washington welcomed back Sweetie' Candy Cottage again this year and hot slices Jonny D's pizza was also enjoyed by all.
The biggest surprise of the evening came when "Mario" and "Luigi" appeared in person to shake hands and take pictures with students, courtesy of 'Play n' Trade' in Huntington Village.
With all the fun at last week's Harvest Hoedown, one can only wonder what new ideas and special surprises are in store for next year's third annual event. "The PTA really outdid itself this year," Principal Marsha Neville said. "Everyone had a great time. The kids really enjoyed it."
Parents who want to get involved in future events at Washington Primary School should contact the PTA co-Presidents Shari Harris and Terry Moreno at WashingtonPrimaryPTA@gmail.com.