Despite wintry weather, the event had a high turnout, according to the school’s parent-teacher association.
“This was a very successful community event that brought people together on a freezing day to help our school,” said PTA Co-President Sarah Sanders. “It couldn’t have been done without the wonderful volunteers, who included teachers, parents and alumni.”
Robert Edward Franklin, father of kindergarten student Zoe, won a $100 gift certificate to The Meatball Shop in Williamsburg. They were among the many local businesses that contributed prizes to the festival.
“It was a great chance to meet some other parents, eat hot dogs and let the kids ride on the back of a real pony,” Franklin said.
Brandyne Russell, another school parent, said kids found ways to stay warm. At one point, the wind was too overwhelming, forcing volunteers to move the craft table, balloons, face painting and bake sale indoors to the cafeteria.
“It was super cold out there,” Russell said, “but my son Soren kept warm in the bounce house.”
All proceeds from the Fall Festival will go to the PTA, which pays for PS 31’s extracurricular programs.