Spring Garden Party to add crafts, funnel cakes to offerings

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February 28, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SPRING Garden Party, which combines kid-sized carnival games, an auction and plenty of favorite children's food, is adding crafts this year.

Repeating a favorite from last year, tiny bears, cylinders and miniature jars will stand ready for colored sand art. Children also will be able to decorate a face mask, move on to the necklace table to string beads or have their faces painted.

Another addition to the March 9 party at Spring Garden Elementary will be colored (but washable) hair spray. Parental permission is a must for this event.

On garden party day, children and parents (students up to fifth grade would find it interesting, and the public is welcome) typically pack the school auditorium for about a dozen games, tossing beanbags, footballs and basketballs, and to pluck a prize-winning duck or lolly pop.

Admission is free. Games and activities are inexpensive.

Funnel cakes are new on the menu, which includes pizza, pretzels, and hot dogs.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the school, collectible painted wooden silhouettes of Spring Garden Elementary will be available.

If you're lucky at musical chairs, try the cake walk, in which the winner takes home one of many cakes baked and decorated by teachers and staff members.

Student interest peaks as Principal Larry Bair becomes an auctioneer for the teacher auction.

The auction includes books, school trinkets and sometimes a kaleidoscope or walking stick. Usually, there are offers of an enjoyable time with a teacher, such as going for pizza, or child's choice of dinner with a friend.

"Teachers and staff, the cafeteria workers, secretarial staff, everybody contributes. They've always been really, really generous," said Kathy Allen, a substitute teacher who has organized three teacher auctions.

Six students can bid for a trip with six teachers to accompany them to the Discovery Zone children's playland.

All proceeds from the day's events, sponsored by the school PTA, directly benefit the students in the school.

The party is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school, 700 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.

Information: 751-3433.

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