With more than a dozen events like Cake Walk, Worm Crawl, Ring Toss and Ladder Ball Bursley students and their families had plenty to do to keep them busy this past Friday at Bursley Fun Night!
Bursley parent, Tim Guikema is the Chairperson for Fun Night and is in charge of bringing together the entire staff to manage the many details of this exciting night. “We have a great team that work well together and make this event run smoothly and continually for many years now.” Tim says. In fact, Bursley Fun Night has been part of Bursley life for more than twenty years!
Ann Winkle, Fun Night Volunteer Coordinator, is proud of the many ways that kids and families could be entertained, “Along with having many carnival type games, we also sell popcorn, have a candy store, an open kitchen where families can have dinner at a great price, and a silent auction featuring collaborative student art.” Each game “cost” 2 tickets to play per person and tickets were sold at school prior to the event for 5 tickets for $1 and 4 tickets for $1 at the door. But in an effort to make sure every student was able to attend and participate, all students were given 10 tickets in their Friday Folders for free!
The ticket sales go to fuel the event as well as support school projects throughout the year. According to Ann, “Much of the ticket sales goes to buying prizes for games, food for the kitchen, popcorn, candy, etc, however, Bursley does end up with some profit at the end of the evening. This goes to the Parent Club and is used for approved purchases/expenses that benefit the school and/or students”.
Tim adds that “We have tried to keep the cost down as much as possible and get a lot of help from local companies to donate their goods to keep cost down and affordable. Parent Club was able to pay for some needed tree service to remove hazardous trees from the playground area that JPS could not afford. There are so many needs for the school, that without Fun Night, there would be a short fall and our kids could miss out on some great things. ”
And because there is great teacher involvement in the event it was a fun opportunity for students and their families to get to know each other in an informal setting as everyone gets out of the house for a little late winter fun.
Both Tim and Ann are proud to be Bursley parents and are especially thankful for the staff that have encouraged their children to always do and be their best.
“Spending any extra time in the school and around the school is enjoyable and a blessing for my kids. Many schools have eliminated Fun Night, but we are here to keep it going as long as possible. ” – Tim Guikema