On Saturday March 26, Elden Elementary School's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) proudly sponsored Enrichment Day 2011.
Busy feet, smiling faces (many of them toothless) and contagious laughter was the theme of the day as the halls of Elden were bursting at the seams with 300 students. With a participation rate of 68 percent and a good representation of every grade, the Elden family was present and accounted for from youngest to oldest.
Created especially for students by their parents and family, their teachers and school, as well as their community, Enrichment Day offers children the opportunity to try and explore things outside of their daily routine. In some cases, it gives children the chance to try something they may never have been able to do otherwise.
This year Enrichment had 39 different workshops to choose from. The day was divided into six sessions, each offering between 16 and 22 workshop choices. By the end of the day, Elden's classrooms hosted a staggering 117 workshops including sports, relaxation and dance disciplines, languages, chemistry, electrical engineering, arts/crafts, sewing, jewelry making, flower arrangement, baking, decorating, tie-dye and model airplane making.
One of the largest PTA-sponsored events at Elden, Enrichment Day took five months to plan and a small army to prepare the building and then put it all back together at the end of the day. Overall, there were 42 presenters with assistants and an additional 85-plus volunteers to pull it all off and make it the success that it was.
Enrichment Day is a successful program because of the support it receives. Thank you to the following: Principal Tony Cardamone and the entire Elden staff; parents and families of students; workshop presenters and volunteers; the community for time and generous donations; and a very big thank you to the kids. By trying new things and old favorites, the children made organizers very proud - You enriched your lives and ours with smiles, giggles and manners - What more could we have asked for?