New Garden Elementary School’s PTO supports and plans many activities and events for the school’s students. One event, the Third Annual International Family Night, recently welcomed more than one hundred seventy people to an amazing display of cultures and diversity. A couple of years ago, New Garden’s PTO recognized the richness of backgrounds in our school community and endeavored to bring the school together for a free family event to share in the food, games, and entertainment of the various cultures. This year, fifteen different countries were represented, including the Philippines, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China and India. New Garden families brought in amazing foods like Koshary from Egypt, Mac & Cheese from America, Taletina Na Safte from Croatia, Cheese Flan from Puerto Rico, and Tarallas, Pizzelles and Meatballs from Italy, to name a few.
In addition to the activities and food, performances by Fusion-Taals, a local Indian dance group, shared the traditional Indian dance Garba as well as intricate footwork and spins of the Indian classical dance form Kathak. Later in the evening, an amazing Enzian Volkstanzgruppe (German Dance Group), shared traditional folk dances and encouraged many families to dance with them. The evening ended with Enzian Musikanten (German Dance Band) playing a mix of traditional German music. Students had an opportunity to take passport photos, as well as, the option to send a postcard to their loved ones from the event featuring all of the different destinations around the world that were represented on this evening. New Garden’s PTO hopes to continue this tradition and for the event to gain further popularity among our school community. It was a wonderful evening and everyone became more culturally enriched.
Every month New Garden holds a Spirit Assembly. During any of these assemblies, you may see teachers dancing, students singing and students collectively greeting each other. This Spirit Assembly lived up to the previous months, but with an added twist. We had a special visitor, in the person of our new leader, Superintendent Dr. Dolan Dusty Blakey. After our principal, Mrs. Elizabeth Weaver, introduced him to the students, he expressed how glad he was to be at New Garden and thanked everyone for the warm welcome. He was also presented a New Garden Bulldog tee-shirt in which he immediately put it on. This Spirit Assembly also acknowledged several students who either completed their Aleks QuickTables or their Aleks Pie. These students were given gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts. All in all, students anticipate each monthly Spirit Assembly.
New Garden’s Bingo Night was a major success with more than 300 families coming out to play Bingo and win prizes. Several grade level baskets were raffled off and many students went home with nice gifts that they won. Many teachers participated in the evening’s activities by either calling numbers or playing Bingo.