2007-06-29 / Community

PS 225 Celebrates Flag Day With Fun Fair

A sample of the class-created American flags that hung at the entrance to the Flag Day Fun Fair. A sample of the class-created American flags that hung at the entrance to the Flag Day Fun Fair. PS/MS 225 in Rockaway Park celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a schol-wide Fun Fair. The fair included eight prize-winning game stations, face painting, sweet treats and an impressive art exhibit of American flags created by students. The fair's success was due to the outstanding volunteer efforts of parents, a select group of eighth graders and an enthusiastic school staff.

Fair organizer and teacher Patti Asbury, with the help of her daughter, Ashlee, a student at MS 323, wanted to create a sense of community, teamwork and fun within PS 225. What better way than an outdoor, fun-filled event. "It was a breath of fresh air to receive the full support of Principal Melchiorre in our endeavor to go beyond the endless DOE mandates and test prep regimens," said Asbury. "To

see the gleeful faces and hear the excited chatter of both students and adults, was worth all the hours of preparation."

The Asburys' quest to create a longlasting, vibrant memory for all involved seemed to surpass expectations. Teachers reported that their students loved working on the class flags together and creating something of their very own, and the touch of teamwork, community and fun went a long way for students, staff and family members alike. The fair was also grateful for the support and generous contribution by Kenny Good, which helped the fair's success.

A few yummy treats to sweeten the event. A few yummy treats to sweeten the event. Eighth-grade volunteers concentrate as they color the student's faces red, white and blue. Eighth-grade volunteers concentrate as they color the student's faces red, white and blue. A parent volunteer and students watch their soccer kicks zoom toward the goal. A parent volunteer and students watch their soccer kicks zoom toward the goal. A fun, festive day for all! A fun, festive day for all! Parent volunteers had as much fun as the students, it seems. Parent volunteers had as much fun as the students, it seems. Pre-K jumpers test their skills. Pre-K jumpers test their skills. Visionaries and organizers Patti Asbury, teacher at PS 225 (right) and her daughter, Ashlee, pose together at the Fun Fair. Visionaries and organizers Patti Asbury, teacher at PS 225 (right) and her daughter, Ashlee, pose together at the Fun Fair. Flag face paint colors up the day thanks to student volunteer painters. Flag face paint colors up the day thanks to student volunteer painters. Eighth graders and parent volunteers encourage students to make those foul shots. Eighth graders and parent volunteers encourage students to make those foul shots. Students have fun at the outdoor bowling alley. Students have fun at the outdoor bowling alley. One fine example of class artwork, teamwork and creativity. One fine example of class artwork, teamwork and creativity.

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