WINCHESTER — For the fifth year, Happy Face Nursery School welcomed one and all to the organization’s anniversary event on Saturday, September 8, in Winchester, which offered attractions for kids of all ages. Throughout the day, attendees bounced on Tribeck inflatables, took in the line-up of kids’ entertainers, had their photos taken with popular Disney characters, enjoyed a barbecue lunch, and much more.
Executive Director Cheryl Firlotte was thrilled with how the event rolled out, noting that approximately 350 people were in attendance at 100 Club Park. She explained that Family Fun Day, as it is now known, started five years ago as an anniversary event and as a way for Happy Face Nursery School to give back to the community.
“The organization has been around for almost half a century, and we recognize that a lot of our success is due to the amazing support this community has given us.” Firlotte continued, “Offering Family Fun Day as a free event for local families is a way of showing our appreciation.”
Highlights of the day included a hands-on demonstration by the Zoo Crew featuring exotic feathered and furry animals, sing-a-longs with Sing Song Party Time and Juice Jam, the ever-popular air bounce inflatables, and a silent auction filled with generous donations by local vendors and individuals.
“We had a wonderful group of volunteers, including parents and our dedicated educators, who helped make this year another success. A lot of effort goes into the event planning and preparation, and we wouldn’t be able to make it happen without them,” said Firlotte. “We would also like to say a big thank you to all of the donors who provided items for our silent auction. We appreciate their generosity and support.”
With Family Fun Day over for another year and school back in full swing, the organization is now looking forward to the opening of its new infant program at Nationview Public School. This expansion will be completed in October, at which point the organization will offer care for babies from 0 to 18 months of age.
Firlotte believes this program is a much-needed addition to the community.
“The reality is that not all parents are able to take a full year of parental leave, and it can be challenging to find childcare for children younger than 12 months of age,” explained Firlotte.
“We are pleased that we will soon be able to fill the need in our area for childcare for young babies.”
Parents interested in registering their child for the Nationview infant program should contact Happy Face Nursery School at 613-774-4707.