SCHOOLS: PARKADE ELEMENTARY
By SARA JOHNSON
Parkade Elementary is hosting its annual Spring Festival from noon to 3 p.m. May 21.
The school has been hosting the Festival for more than 10 years as a way for teachers and students to have fun together.
“As teachers, it’s fun to have the students see us in a more fun environment, and it’s fun for us to see them in that environment,” said Emily Noelker, learning specialist and PTA member at Parkade Elementary.
The festival is opent to students, families and community members.
“We advertise it as a community event,” Noelker said. “We’re hoping for people in the neighborhood and people who have been to school here and moved on. It’s a great chance to see the school and everyone here.”
Noelker said the festival will happen rain or shine, and if it rains the entire thing will be pulled inside.
Six game tickets will be sold for a dollar in advance and for 25 cents at the door. Four raffle tickets will be sold for a dollar.
Truman the Tiger will be making an appearance from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and the Missouri Mules will be at the festival from noon to 2 p.m.
Food will be available:
- The Hot Dog Meal (includes a hot dog, chips, drink and a cookie): $3.50
- Snow cones: 2 tickets
- Popcorn: 2 tickets
Activities at the festival include:
- A bounce house
- Face painting
- A duck pond
- A cake walk
- A tattoo station
- Ping pong
- A silent auction
- Donut game
- Bozo Bucket
- A dunking booth
- Lollipop tree
- Arts and crafts
- Estimation jars
- Crazy hair salon
- Bean bag games
- Jump rope contest
- “A Minute to Win It”
The festival will also have Animaland, where festival-goers can make their own animals and dress them in Parkade t-shirts.
Parking will be available in the staff parking lot behind the school and at Parkade Baptist Church.