The days are getting warmer, the tulips are coming up, and the Mamaroneck Avenue School’s (MAS) International Fair drew an exuberant crowd last weekend. The MAS Parent Teachers Association (PTA) once again sponsored the International Fair, which was open to the public on Saturday, April 10 from 11 am to 4 pm. This popular fair is the largest event coordinated by the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA and involves hundreds of parent, teacher, and student volunteers.
Games, crafts, and great food highlighted the many cultures represented in the MAS student body. Mexican tamales, Italian sausage and peppers, middle-eastern falafels, Indian samosas, shrimp with cream of cassala (a Brazilian dish), pupusas de queso con frijoles from El Salvador, and a Norwegian waffle station pleased the crowds at the food court. Sporting events and skill games were on offer both in the gym and outside on the playground. The world of activities and crafts in the All Purpose Room included Chinese lanterns, Mexican paper flowers, Italian mosaics, and much, much more. Music from the extremely popular cake walk filled the air. And, the Japanese yo-yos drew an enthusiastic crowd all day long.
Parents and older kids flocked to the silent auction, organized this year by Michelle Goodman and Valerie DeLucia. This year’s auction featured a vast selection of items donated by MAS parents and local businesses. “The generosity of our community was on full display with donations ranging from Jet Blue tickets, to arts and sporting events, spa treatments, restaurant gift certificates and much more, ” stated Michelle Goodman, co-chair of the Silent Auction. “When you walked through the auction, it was a real testimony to the support that MAS enjoys. We all feel so proud to be part of such a giving community.”
The PTA also raffled off bountiful grade level theme baskets, including a family game night, gardening, Wii sports, music and arts and crafts baskets. Chances to go out for ice-cream with a favorite teacher and three brand-new bikes were all donated by the teachers and raffled off to the students.
“During our Fair, the Mamaroneck Avenue School’s families participate at all levels,” said PTA Co-President Jen Vaccaro. “The international theme carried through the games and activities, combined with the enthusiasm of the students, makes for a really fun family event. The fair is our major fundraiser for the year,” added Ms. Vaccaro. “Lauren Freifeld and Lisa Boren have done a great job chairing the fair this year. But, it actually takes hundreds of parent, teacher and student volunteers to make the fair this successful. We have a great time and it really brings us together.”
Carrie Amon, MAS principal, said the children, parents and staff all enjoyed the fair this weekend. “Especially now during tight budgets, our children truly benefit from the additional programs that the PTA sponsors throughout the year. These include after school clubs, cultural art assemblies, our school play, the new playground and numerous literacy programs.”