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TOWNSEND — A luau was the theme of this year’s family picnic hosted by Spaulding Memorial School.

The back of the school was transformed into a luau with decorations and themed games.

The students and families were encouraged to dress accordingly with a “best dressed” contest highlighting the most ambitious costumes. All the entrants of the children’s division were awarded a coupon for ice cream at the Cherry Hill Too ice cream stand.

Colorful leis were given out to the children who bought the game package. For five dollars a child, children could play all the games, as much as he or she liked, and receive a prize package as well. As part of the prize package, the child got a straw hat, an inflatable ball, and more.

Among the games available to play was the “dunk the teacher or staff member” in the dunk tank, a ping pong toss, a ring toss. There were two bounce houses. Each game had a line of energetic children waiting patiently for their turn.

The dunk tank was a favorite. Taking their turn in the “wet” seat were Jon Thompson, (third grade teacher), Stephanie Thompson, (first grade teacher), Jill Burdick (playground/cafeteria assistant) and Kristen Pratt (Special Education).

When asked how the water was, Mrs. Thompson replied cheerfully, “It’s a bit chilly, but it’s fun and the kids are having a great time.”

People purchased hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken dinners. Principal Becky Janda manned the food ordering station, taking the orders and collecting the money. The children seemed to be very pleased that the meals were packed in souvenir blue insulated lunch bags, with the words Spaulding Memorial School printed on the front.

Teachers and parent volunteers manned the food tent, and kept the food coming. Norma King and Christine Lowe were among the helpers. Mrs. Lowe was amazed at the turn out. “It is so well attended!” (This was Mrs. Lowe’s first year at SMS, since Squannacook Elementary School was closed. It is also her last, as she retired at the end of this school year).

“I’ll be back,” Mrs. Lowe said with a smile. “Maybe I’ll volunteer at the Family Picnic, too.”

Children played on the playground equipment as well as trying their hands at the picnic games. There were people sitting on lawn chairs, sitting in the SMS pavilion on the picnic benches and seated on blankets on the ground.

All the staff and parent volunteers worked hard to ensure that everything went off without a hitch.

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