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Date of Issue: September 09, 2009

Countdown to Fall Festival

With the close of summer and fall shortly approaching, parents of Anna Maria Elementary School students are preparing for the highly anticipated Fall Festival.

“We are very excited about this year’s Fall Festival,” said Parent Teacher Organization president Monica Simpson. Parents and those interested in helping met Sept. 4 to plan the date and other activities at the festival.

This year’s Fall Festival activities will be held on Saturday, Oct.31. Parents will gather with their students at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Island Chamber of Commerce. The costume judging will be held at 10 a.m. followed by the parade at 10:30 a.m. The Fall Festival will officially begin at 11 a.m.

“Unlike other years we have the date set in stone. There will be no question of what time the costume contest starts this year,” Simpson said.

Also discussed at the meeting was what will happen at the festival.

“We are looking to jazz the festival up a bit,” Simpson said. “This year besides the haunted house, rock climbing wall, and other activities that are normally held we will also have a professional face painter and we are going to try and do a putt putt golf area.” The putt putt golf business on Bridge Street has offered to set up a course for free in which all proceeds will go to the PTO.

“We had a really good turn out at the meeting. There were new moms and parents really showed a lot of enthusiasm. I hope it lasts the whole year,” Simpson said. “Another change that many happen is the haunted house may open Friday night, a day early.” This year’s Trail of Treats will be held Saturday Oct. 30. Simpson said by opening the haunted house a day earlier the PTO could make more money.

The PTO is looking for money, sponsorships, or donations for door prizes from businesses and individuals to help benefit the Fall Festival. If you can’t donate money the PTO would also appreciate any type of volunteer efforts. “We are looking for any volunteers any shape or form. We don’t just need AME parents, but people from all over the community,” She said.

For more information, e-mail Simpson at

Domino Pizza Days

Parents, students, and Island residents can help benefit Anna Maria Elementary School by eating Domino’s Pizza. One Thursday out of each month is designated as AME’s Domino’s Pizza Day.

When you order a pizza from the Island Domino’s make sure to say I’m calling to benefit AME school. Dominos will donate 15 percent of the proceeds on that day to the school. Make sure to also mention which class you would like to benefit. At the end of the school year the class that has ordered the most pizzas will receive a free pizza party courtesy of Domino’s.

Mark your calendar. This year’s fall dates are Thursday Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov.12, and Dec.10.