Themed around Mo Willems’ character Piggie and the Harry Potter series, this was a literacy carnival full of references to these well-loved books.
Games and activities gave kids the chance to “fly” stuffed owls into a tower, make Elephant or Piggie puppets, decorate cookies, capture a glow in the dark key floating in the air of a darkened space and much more. A silent auction was held to help raise funds for the big 5th grade end-of-year field trip to the Boston Science Museum. Visitors watched with fascination as the Professor of Potions demonstrated how to create troll toothpaste. Games and snack tables were run by school staff and past students who had “come back to help.” Smiles abounded throughout the evening.
But to my mind the greatest thing was simply that on a Friday night in the spring when every rural Mainer has plenty to do at home, our elementary school was full of people. Preschoolers, current students, past students, teachers, the principal, parents and grandparents were all there.
On a beautifully dry Friday night in late March, we came to school together. The community of Bowdoin was there. Together.
Thank you, Bowdoin Central School, for being our community gathering place.