12th annual IL Spring Festival set for Saturday

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By The Staff

Spring has already arrived in a haze of pollen, so it must be time for the annual Indian Land Elementary and Middle Schools’ Spring Festival.

We hope the sunshine and warm, balmy temperatures hold through the weekend for the schools’ largest event of the year.

The festival, sponsored by the schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, organizers say.

Because Mother Nature wasn’t kind last year, when the festival had to be moved indoors because of cold, wet, windy weather, organizers have moved it a few weeks further into spring.

The festival, which raises money to support programs and improvements at the elementary and middle schools, drew thousands of people last year. That’s a lot of people to cram into the elementary school’s hallways and commons areas. But they did it in 2006 and 2009, so we know they can do it again.

Still, we hope Saturday’s a beautiful day.

Make plans now to pack up your kids and head over to the school on Doby’s Bridge Road for loads of fun and games, festival food, arts and crafts, silent auction, raffles, cake walks, live music and cheerleading performances, face painting and more. Children will queue up for train rides and inflatables, too.

Parents will appreciate the armbands for $13 ($10 in advance), which give kids unlimited access to all activities. Children 3 and under get into activities free.

Last year’s festival raised about $6,000, which was spent on Smartboards, interactive whiteboards used in classrooms instead of chalkboards. Each one costs about $2,000, with another $2,000 in installation costs.

Organizers hope to do the same thing this year. The goal is to put a Smartboard in every Indian Land elementary and middle school classroom. So far, the PTA  has provided Indian Land Elementary with 35 Smartboards. They have about 20 more to go there and Indian Land Middle School needs about 12 more.

Festival organizers are hoping for great weather this year, but like the mail, the festival will go on even if it rains.

So mark your calendars now so you don’t miss out on all the fun. We’ll see you there.