More than 200 people attended the recent Winter Family Fun Night sponsored by the Kelley School PTA.
Activities included the Holiday Book Fair, cookie-decorating stations with hot cocoa, letters to Santa and photos, and crafts including wooden ornaments and pine cone bird feeders.
PTA President Michele DeYulio coordinated and organized the event with treasurer Juli Scharett and board members Amber Benedict and Courtney Fancher. Volunteers included fourth grade teacher Clare Botelho, librarian Gwen Curtis, teacher assistant Michelle Kleiboer and varsity cheerleaders from Newark High School.
“The opportunity to help give the gift of reading and foster a love of books at our PTA events is one of our many goals,” DeYulio said. “Many families took advantage of the book sale to prepare for the upcoming holiday break and got extra stocking stuffers for their children.
“We love being able to see families come out and enjoy a care-free night of fun, especially when everyone is so busy and stressed over the upcoming holidays. This year, the event featured some different activities, along with a few popular ones from past events; the elf and Santa balloon hats made by Wally the Balloon Man were a popular request.
“The PTA board recognizes the importance of giving students an outlet to be a kid, and is extremely grateful to all of our vendors and volunteers that continue to give their time and talents to our school events each year. Between the Holiday Shoppe the first week of December and this event, we have been very busy. The spirit of the holiday season is what makes us all grateful for what we have and what we are able to give to others.
“We recently awarded 156 students a Secret Santa gift certificate at the Holiday Shoppe to purchase items for family members and are thrilled to be able to continue giving back at this event as well. The Holiday Book Fair raised over $283 for the Kelley School Library, which will purchase more books and materials for students.”