It was an evening of fun and friendship at Eastern Elementary School on Thursday as students, parents and community members gathered for the school’s annual Pumpkin Festival. Indoors and outdoors, the school campus was transformed for the night, offering food, games and activities of all varieties. The event was made possible through the combined efforts of EES staff, members of the Parent Teacher Organization and volunteers ranging from members of the community to Washington High School students. The Pumpkin Festival serves as one of the school’s largest fundraisers of the year, with all proceeds going back into the classroom to help teachers buy new equipment, technology, books and the supplies needed to help students succeed.
CLOSE UP: Eastern Elementary School kindergarten teacher Ali Garris paints a design on Ja’Ney Byrd at the face painting station. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)
EASY AS CAKE: Kids participate in a cakewalk run by student volunteers from Washington High School. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)
ABOVE PAR: Nevaeh Warren lines up a shot on a miniature golf course set up in the EES gym. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)
DOWN HE GOES: Aidan Lilley takes a wild ride down an inflatable slide set up outside of Eastern Elementary. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)
FESTIVE FALL: Abby Waters shows a big smile during Eastern Elementary School’s Pumpkin Festival on Thursday as EES teacher Melissa Rivenbark paints her nails. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)
DAD AND DAUGHTER: Eastern Elementary Principal Seth Smith shows a smile with his daughter Tilly, who was buys making her own bead jewelry during the Pumpkin Festival. (Matt Debnam/Daily News)