By ASHLEIGH LIVINGSTON
---- — PLATTSBURGH — Cumberland Head Elementary is giving its students — and the entire community — a reason to go to school this weekend.
On Saturday, the school’s Parent Teacher Organization will host the first ever Eaglepalooza, an all-ages festival to ring in the fall season.
The event, set for noon to 3 p.m., is open to the public and will feature games, activities, concessions and live entertainment.
“We are doing this as a give-back-to-the-community event,” said Teresa Landry, Cumberland Head Elementary PTO secretary.
“We are trying to promote community involvement in the school.”
Admission is free, as are all games and activities, including a bouncy house, face- and pumpkin-painting, pony rides and scarecrow building.
In addition, event attendees will have the opportunity to check out fire trucks from the Cumberland Head Fire Department, and local musician Ashley Kollar will provide live entertainment.
Fall festival foods including cotton candy, apples, hot dogs, popcorn, donut holes and coffee will also be available for purchase.
Though the PTO is sponsoring Eaglepalooza, Landry said, it is intended to foster a feeling of community among the school’s families and is not a fundraising event.
“Our goal is to break even,” she said.
‘A FUN PLACE’
The PTO is hoping to expand the festival next year to include a fun run, Landry noted, and would also like to host a winter event in January.
“We are very excited about this new adventure the CHES PTO has created for our community’s families,” said Cumberland Head Elementary School Principal Garth Frechette in an email to the Press-Republican.
He hopes people leave Eaglepalooza knowing “school is a fun place, a home away from home, with people who care for you and who will watch out for you.”
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