The 2018 Lower School Fall Fun Fair again proved a thriving community at Providence Academy. On November 10th, lower schoolers gathered in the gyms to participate in the fun activities of the fair. They walked in the cakewalk, played games, won prizes, decorated their hair, and more. Jacob Busch, a 4th grader at Providence, said “My favorite part was the Sports Pavilion and hanging out with friends!”
The fair isn’t exclusively for lower schoolers, all of the grades can participate in some way at this event. Middle and upper schoolers are encouraged to volunteer to run booths, clean up, or decorate hair. Megan Rothberg ‘20, a volunteer at the fair, said “I loved interacting with the kids and see how much fun they were having. It’s a great opportunity to get service hours and a lot of fun to help out.”
PA parents make great contributions to run the Fall Fun Fair. The fair is organized and set up by Fall Fun chairs, the Providence Academy Parent Association (PAPA), and other parent volunteers. Many families donate prizes, such as cakes for the cakewalk and candy for the fair. “Parent volunteers who serve as coordinators begin work in September to prepare their part of the event”, Dr. Ryan, a member of PAPA, shares. “Chairs for the event begin their work before everyone else, meeting with the Lower School Director and PAPA Vice Presidents several times in the spring.”
The Fall Fun Fair also helps the Providence community grow. Mrs. Johnson, a member of PAPA, stated “The Fall Fun Fair is another way PA enables parents to connect with other parents and their students. Many times the fair may be the first time a parent meets another student or parent their child has been sharing so much about.” When people go to the fair, they are able to meet new people, which makes the PA community stronger.