Germantown, Tennessee—November 4, 2018—“Even though it was a rainy day, I think we had our largest turnout to date,” said Principal Zac Percoski. As Farmington Elementary School filled up with hundreds of students and their families, the rain didn’t stop the fun of the Farmington Falcon Fest. The Falcon Fest is the school’s annual fall festival and as described by Percoski, “serves as both the main fundraiser for PTO as well as a school community-builder bringing students, teachers and their families to together for some fun and games”.
Due to the rain, the traditional dunk tank was replaced by the indoor game of “Pie Face” in which students got the opportunity to pie several community figures, including Superintendent Jason Manuel, and teachers right in the face. The ever-popular Silly String the Staff was still held, though, in a nearby corner of the gym.
All over the school, carnival-like games were set up for children who could buy tickets to play. The largest fundraiser that took place during the Falcon Fest was the Silent Auction which was chaired by Jen McPhaul this year. Parents across the school donate goods and services for the auction. This year, a Farmington family donated a $1,000 gift certificate for orthodontic work. They also auction off carline “fast passes”.
Teachers and staff also get in on the fun with “Teacher Feature” baskets which include opportunities like ‘assistant principal for a day’ or a cupcakes and crafts with the school counselor. Some teachers offer trips to the zoo or other special treats. This year, parents also created some items with staff specifically in mind. One teacher won the ability to observe a ‘jeans day’ every Friday for the remainder of the school year while another won a priority parking spot.
While the school staff is still working on the final calculations of funds raised, this year’s Falcon Fest is shaping up to be the most profitable in school history. Which, will come in handy, as Principal Percoski and the staff are aiming to update Promethean Boards with interactive projectors and panels across the school. “A huge thanks goes out to event chairs Shannon Reed, Deshundra Davis and Jen McPhaul along with all of the teachers and volunteers that pulled the fest off,” said Percoski.