George Washington Elementary School students and families kicked off the new school year Friday evening, September 11, with a Welcome Back Picnic on the school playground. More than 100 people attended the free, PTA-sponsored event.
“It was a terrific family-filled event, where many of our teachers participated and we ended up having a huge turnout from our Washington community!” commented George Washington Elementary Principal Brandi Young. “It just shows how much school spirit we have and when we all come together to help with an event, it’s was a win, win situation for all! There is a positive vibe in the air at Washington!”
The Rounds hamburger food truck was on site, along with the Kona Ice Truck. The Scholastic Book Fair was held in the school auditorium and hosted by Sahfaq Jan, a Washington Elementary volunteer.
Live music was provided by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, who played music geared for kids in both English and Spanish. More information on the band can be found at luckydiazmusic.com.
The group has won an Emmy for their PBS television show, in addition to several Latin Grammys.
Kelly and George Verano were in charge of the event. Joi Coquia ran a table to get more PTA memberships and raffled off a $50 gift card to Costco.
“We had tremendous support from our PTA President, David Schoenbrun, Aylin Ghookassian- Galstian, our PTA Vice President, and then other volunteers such as Judy Crivelli, Violeta Garcia and Cat Kelley,” noted Young.
“Chandra Collins, a parent [and] a teacher at our school, coordinated with Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band and they came and performed for the first hour of the event!” added Young. “They were fabulous, getting our children to dance and get involved in the music!”