Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF) and Oak Grove School’s Parent Teacher Organization hosted on Sunday, for the first time ever, an Oak Grove “Fall Festival.” The event, sponsored by OGSEF, the PTO, and OGSEF’s business platinum partner and local business, Slammers, was planned as a way of giving back to those who support the Foundation and the PTO so generously.
“The Foundation and the PTO planned the “Fall Fest” as a community-wide event to gather and celebrate the fall season,” says Kim Moody, OGSEF President. “This is one of the first events the Foundation has co-sponsored that does not involve fundraising, but instead promotes good will and gives us the opportunity to do something nice for our tremendous supporters. Members of the Oak Grove School community generously volunteer, donate time and contribute charitable gifts. The Fall Festival was our opportunity to do something nice for them.”
The event was held Sunday, September 30, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a dunking booth. Sitting in the dunking booth were several of Oak Grove School’s teachers, who willingly sacrificed dry clothing and heckled the students who were throwing balls at the target, making the kids that much more determined to dunk their teachers.
Slammers of Libertyville hosted a “home run” derby and other baseball events for interested participants. A-Z Entertainment and DJ Phresh Phil held dancing and singing contests, offering participants the chance to win t-shirts and other prizes. Local firefighters arrived with fire engines for the younger kids to tour. The event also included a face-painting booth, a pumpkin-decorating center and Baggo. Apple doughnuts, bratwursts, barbeque and cider were served.
PTO co-presidents Lynn Lenz and Lisa Wilson explained that over 700 pumpkins were delivered to Oak Grove School yesterday morning, and pumpkin decorating participants were able to pick their pumpkin, decorate it, and take it home.
The Oak Grove School junior high playground and field was decorated for the event, complete with corn stalks, hay bales and scarecrows. Oak Grove Girl Scouts assisted with the set up for the day and ran the pumpkin-decorating table, and Oak Grove Cub Scouts provided clean-up support at the end of the afternoon.
Oak Grove School’s Beta Club also collected canned goods for the Libertyville Food Pantry during the Fall Festival.
“We are thrilled with the Fall Festival turn out and want to thank Oak Grove parents and Foundation Event Planners Rachel Jalota and Stacie Nevins, who were instrumental in planning and organizing the day,” said Kim Moody. “There are so many ways to reflect on the success of our first Fall Festival. Little girls were jumping up and down screaming lyrics to Justin Bieber and dancing ‘gangman’ style with the disc jockey. Boys and girls stood in line, over and over, to get a chance to dunk their favorite teachers. Baseball experts made themselves available to experienced and beginner baseball players and fans. Moms sipped cider while hauling around decorated pumpkins while dads discussed the Ryder Cup over a game of Baggo. The weather and events of the day were a perfect way to kick off the fall season.”
The Oak Grove School Parent Teacher Organization exists to create a closer relationship between the home and the school, so that Oak Grove School parents and educators may cooperate intelligently in the training of their children, raise the educational standards of the school, and further a spirit of cooperation among teachers, parents and residents of the community.
The Oak Grove School Education Foundation, via individual and business contributions, provides supplemental funding to Oak Grove School District 68 in the form of equipment, resources and classroom mini-grants intended to enhance the overall Oak Grove School educational experience.