The fall season officially kicked off at Washington Primary School with a two day harvest festival, an annual event that is eagerly anticipated by the 375 students spread across kindergarten through third grade.
The youngsters enjoyed all sorts of games, including the pumpkin ring toss and potato sack races. “The highlight of the festival was the hayride!,” Washington Principal Michelle Richards said. “Students took a lovely hay filled ride around the school’s grounds. At the end of each class’ festival session, every student visited the pumpkin patch to select their very own pumpkin to take home and enjoy with their family. The weather was wonderful. The students had a great time!”
When Washington Elementary School was erected in 1954 the site was surrounded by farmland as well as a horse training facility. Such land use and activities were common around town for more than 200 years. Today the local farms have been replaced by housing units, but that didn’t stop students and staff from recently celebrating the harvest festival on the school grounds.
Dr. Richards thanked the district’s buildings and grounds department for providing the vehicle and manpower for the hayride around the grounds. Washington’s PTA sponsored the pumpkins distributed to the students along with the activities.
“A special shout out to our parent volunteers for making the harvest festival a success, Holly Zarcone, Maria Bierbauer, Dawn Royce, Aubrey Aydagul, Suzanne Yoda, Victoria LaMendola, Dawn Royce and Lauren Bogovic,” Dr. Richards said.