Students and staff at Meadowridge School are so happy to be heading back to class next month that they're planning a party to mark the occasion.
Meadowridge is hosting its eighth annual Welcome Back to School Community Fair on Saturday, Sept. 8,
"Why not start the year off with a huge celebration and invite everyone you know," said Lyn Tyler, Meadowridge's director of development.
"We love the excitement children feel at start of the new year. Their new colouring pencils still sharp, their shoes still shiny, and all their stationery in order. It is also a wonderful opportunity to invite those new to our community out to a special event so that they can get to know others and feel more at home," Tyler said.
The fair is an opportunity to welcome back the students, but also to celebrate with families, neighbours, and the community at large in a big carnival-like festival featuring bouncy castles and waterslides, facepainting and cotton candy, pony rides and ventriloquists, stiltwalkers and book sales, craft stands and dress-up.
"This event is not a fundraising opportunity for the school, it is a friend-raiser, admission is free, and most of the activities are free," Tyler said.
Alumni will also be washing cars to raise money for the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation, and guests are asked to bring non-perishable food to help fill the cupboards at the Friends In Need Food Bank.
In addition to offering information about the private school, Meadowridge has also invited several music and theatre groups, as well as environmental partners, to be on hand to talk about their programs.
The event runs Saturday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an interactive Voice of Nature concert at noon.
The school is located at 12224 240th St. More information is available online at: www.meadowridge. bc.ca.