Kids have a blast at Grey Nun Academy’s Fun Day

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

LOWER MAhEFIELa – What do scare­crows and me­chan­i­cal bulls have in com­mon?

They both could be found at the 2012 hids Community Fun aay on Satur­day, Oct. 13 at the drey Nun Academy. This is the seventh year for the event.

Sec­ond grade teacher Meredith ho­nen got the day’s most up­roar­i­ous re­ac­tion when she plum­meted into the dunk tank. Other high­lights in­cluded the Ex­treme Rock Wall and a ride called “The Wreck­ing Ball”, which fea­tured a big, plas­tic teth­erball type-ball at the top that the kids couldn’t seem to stay away from.

Ben­jamin Rivera, a sixth-grader, dou­bled as school mas­cot dary the da­tor for the day. He wore the life-size bright lime green cos­tume to amuse and en­ter­tain, but also to sat­isfy a community ser­vice re­quire­ment for Con­fir­ma­tion.

“It’s fun! It’s amaz­ing! It’s awe­some!” he said through the ga­tor’s big mouth.

Brian dun­sel and Savion Hebron, both 11, held their own and en­joyed the ups and downs on the me­chan­i­cal bull, both call­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence “thrilling” and “fun.”

aavid Nee­dle, Christina haz­arov and Sarah Rothen­berg, all eighth-graders, all went home with new fa­cial art as they took ad­van­tage of the air­brush­ing sta­tion.

Par­ents Mary Raf­ferty and Loredana Cro­marty were sell­ing bas­kets brim­ming with baked goods. “The bake sale is al­ways a huge suc­cess,” said Raf­ferty, stand­ing near some of the nearly 200 home­made items

that were sold the day of the event. aozens of fam­i­lies do­nate their won­der­ful good­ies for the cause.

Prin­ci­pal Mar­i­anne Fin­negan said the fo­cus of the hids Community Fun aay is two-fold. The event fosters community spirit by bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether for fun and all pro­ceeds from the event sup­port on­go­ing pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment for the fac­ulty. Funds as­sist teach­ers with tu­ition for grad­u­ate stud­ies. On-site in-ser­vices and work­shops are made pos­si­ble for teach­ers. Also, the money helps to pay for off­site work­shops and op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sional growth and en­rich­ment, in­clud­ing one pro­gram that Fin­negan said teaches the teach­ers to ef­fec­tively use iPads in their class­rooms.

The iPads were pur­chased with funds pro­vided through a sep­a­rate fundraiser held in April.

Me­gan Schuler, chair­per­son of the event for the Home C School Board As­so­ci­a­tion, es­ti­mated that more than 350 peo­ple were at the school throughout the day. The one high­light none of those 350 could have missed was the lineup of scare­crows made by each class as a part of school­wide project.

Each class, from pre-h3 (3-year-olds) to 8th grade, was re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing a scare­crow re­lated to some­thing they are learn­ing about in the class­room, ac­cord­ing to Shuler.

“For ex­am­ple, sec­ond­graders are learn­ing all about bees and how ben­e­fi­cial they are to our ev­ery­day en­vi­ron­ment,” Schuler said. “They chose to build a bum­ble­bee scare­crow.”

Preh3 chil­dren are learn­ing all about fire safety right now. They helped make a “fire­man” scare­crow with each child’s name on a badge that was placed on the scare­crow’s chest.

Pho­to­graphs by Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Kids were climb­ing on all kinds of in­flat­able fun stuff at Grey Nun Academy.

Twin sis­ters Reese and Chloe Evans were among the youngest at­ten­dees at the Kids Community Fun Day.

Prin­ci­pal Mar­i­anne Fin­negan’s daugh­ter, Amy Bo­gan­sky, held Nora, 18 months, one of Fin­negan’s four grand­chil­dren.

Michael Gigliotti had fun climb­ing the Ex­treme Rock Wall.

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