WW to hold Fall Festival Oct. 20

Kate Wehlann, Staff Writer

Building on the success of their spring festival and hoping to raise funds and awareness for the school’s implementation of a new Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) system at the school, West Washington is planning to hold a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.

The festival will feature games in the sunken gym, a toy walk, a cake walk, bossy bingo, music, raffles and a silent auction, along with powder puff football games from 3 to 5 p.m., a chili supper from 5 to 6 p.m. and trunk or treating from 6 to 8 p.m. Games will require purchase of tickets (50¢ each) to play, but Assistant Principal Brad Mills said students will each get two free games tickets. The chili supper will cost around $5 per person.

“We’re trying to keep it as low-cost for families as we can,” he said. “… The PBIS program is something we can really grow on. This is part of building our community and culture, but we need funding. We’d like to do quarterly or semester trips for students.”

Mills said attendance has been a big initiative for the school and has been evidence the PBIS efforts are already showing fruit.

“We’re aiming for 96 percent or above and if kids make that through the week, they can wear hats on Friday,” he said. “They really look forward to that and we’ve only missed two weeks so far this year.”

Mills said the school plans to do a call-out for any groups who may want to sponsor or man a game or activity.

“It’s election season, so this might be a great way for candidates to put their faces and names out there and support a good cause,” said Mills.

The 50-50 raffle will result in someone winning half a beef from Windy Hills Farm in Versailles or a big-screen TV. Teachers, staff and area businesses have put together gift baskets and other silent auction items, but the school will gladly accept additional auction item donations. For more information or to donate an item, contact Brad Mills at millsb@wwsc.k12.in.us or call the school office at 812-755-4996.

Mills said South Central High School’s fall festival went to the seniors and could make as much as $15,000. While reaching that number is unlikely for West Washington’s festival, given this is the first year and Campbellsburg is a smaller community, organizers hope the money raised will be enough to provide special rewards for students with good behavior.

“Kids can be like sheep and we’re hoping to encourage them to follow the kids with positive behavior,” said Mills. “We have good kids and if you have kids who want to learn and are inspired to learn, we can have students who move mountains. All money we receive will go back to the school and the PBIS program. Some things will benefit specific groups, but overall the event will benefit PBIS.”


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