By Tania Seely
With COVID-19 still lurking, the First Avenue School Council knew it would be a challenge to make Halloween 2020 one to remember, and that we did!
A few days before Halloween, dedicated school-council members Angie Morgan and Allison Smeaton along with their young entourage delivered loot bags packed to the brim with nut-free treats and stickers to unsuspecting students. These bags had been lovingly packaged, quarantined and delivered in compliance with all public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students.
With the students on a sugar high, they were ready for the annual First Avenue Monster Bash. On Friday, October 30, First Avenue’s finest arrived bright and early dressed in all sorts of weird, wonderful, spooky, heroic and crazy costumes – they were completely unrecognizable. Even the teachers (all superheroes with no need for a costume) dressed up for the occasion, especially Ms Ward and Ms McKay who never need any excuse for a fancy dress!
The awesome new principal, Timothy Brock, took to the decks playing spooky monster tunes so each class could take turns at socially distanced dance moves. For their enthusiastic participation in the day’s activities, everyone was handed a Panago Pizza voucher to enjoy over the weekend.
By all accounts, the Monster Bash was a huge success – not only did the children have a fun-filled day, the school council also managed to raise much-needed funds to keep everyone educated and entertained in this new COVID era. This was done through voluntary donations from the amazing parents. The money will be used for snowshoes, which will ensure students stay active and safely distanced during the long, cold winter months. In addition, the school has realized the ever-increasing need for technology so education can continue no matter what. With this in mind, the school council acquired a few more Chromebooks to help keep everyone connected.
The council has had to be creative with fundraising this year. One exciting initiative benefits not only the school but also the greater Glebe community, which First Avenue is privileged to call home. The school has partnered with Panago Pizza, 1069 Bank Street, to offer a 15-per-cent discount on any regular-priced menu item on the first Friday of every month. Skip the cooking and dishes by using the promo code PANA15 – Panago will kindly donate 15 per cent of all orders placed by First Avenue friends and family to the Parent Teacher Council.
This is the first of many fun fundraising initiatives, so follow us on Facebook (First Avenue School Council), Twitter (@Fasc20192020) and Instagram (firstaveps) for more exciting initiatives which promise to tickle your tastebuds!
Tania Seely is communications representative of the First Avenue Public School Council.