Food brings people together the way not much else can.
At Huntsville Public School (HPS), members of the school community come together for dinner every year. This year’s spaghetti dinner, run by HPS’s parent council with food supplied by Hidden Valley Resort and Bullock’s Independent, was open to everyone by donation.
“The intent is just for families to come out and enjoy dinner,” says principal, Todd Truax.
“The dinner has been going for many, many years,” says Stasi O’Hare, chair of the HPS parent council. “It is by donation so that it is affordable and accessible for all members of our community. This is the second year we have been blessed to have Hidden Valley Resort provide the pasta, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer also for the second year provided the juice, cutlery and plates. Without their help this would not be nearly as successful.”
With the food donated, all funds raised can be used by parent council to “help us ensure our children have programs, equipment and resources they need to be successful,” adds O’Hare.
Over the past two years, parent council fundraisers at HPS supported the school’s new accessible playground. This year, they have committed funds to purchase new badminton goggles and have purchased a monitor for the front hall as a communication tool to help kids know what is happening in the school.
“Parent council is a great way to get involved in your child’s educational experience,” says O’Hare, “and have a say in the projects we do and the initiatives we spend money on.”
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