Payneville Elementary School held their annual Spring Festival on Friday evening, Feb. 21 from 5.p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Due to all the construction going on at Payneville Elementary there was a change of venue this year. The Meade-Breck Community Center at 9255 Rhodelia Road offered their facility for the event, free of charge. Although the Meade-Breck Center is much larger than the lunchroom at Payneville Elementary, it was filled almost to capacity.
Supper, which consisted of a BBQ sandwich or ham slices, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, and roll plus iced tea, and dessert were served beginning at 5:00 p.m. Supper tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 for a child. No one went away hungry!
There were several games taking place all evening, such as a cake walk, ring toss, and duck pond. During that time people also had a chance to look at and bid on silent auction items that included theme baskets entitled Backyard Bonfire/Camping, Squeaky Clean, Dog Lovers and Out to Eat. Also, on display were items for the live auction that took place at 7:00 p.m. Several local businesses and friends of Payneville Elementary donated items for the auction. There were almost 100 items to bid on such as 2 day passes to Holiday World, a golf membership to Doe Valley Golf Club, a free eye exam from Dr. Black Eye Associates, gift certificates from local businesses, and some special baked goods.
Jamie Miller and Mandy Sturgeon, officers for the Payneville Elementary PTO, said that funds from past Spring Festivals and other PTO fundraisers have allowed them to give each teacher at Payneville $250 to get their classroom started at the beginning of the school year. The PTO has also been able to provide funds needed for field trips by various school groups. They are trying to raise enough money to provide each student with a chrome book for their schoolwork.
It seemed that the Spring Festival had more attendees than ever this year, with it being located inside the Meade-Breck Center. It was a wonderful time for parents, relatives and neighbors to get together and enjoy good food and conversation while they were supporting the elementary school. There was plenty of space to park outside, and inside there was more room to spread out for the games, eating, and the silent auction. The Payneville Elementary PTO is seriously considering renting the Meade-Breck facility for next year.
The raffle ticket sales, supper, monetary donations, silent auction baskets, and the live auction brought in more than $24,000.
They haven’t totaled everything yet, however. Payneville Elementary students sold more than $8,500 in raffle tickets before the event. The 1st place seller got $400, 2nd place got $200, and 3rd place got $100.