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Bowman’s back-to-school night takes circus theme

Posted: October 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

More than 250 students and families attended Bowman High School’s recent back-to-school night.

The theme this year was A Day At the Circus. Refreshments included cotton candy, popcorn, animal crackers, soda and Cracker Jacks.

Associated Student Body Adviser Jenny Dermody, Bilingual Instructional Assistant Rosa Villanueva and the ASB students worked hard to uphold the tradition of making the evening an activity the entire family would enjoy.

Attractions included a photo with George the Giraffe, face painting, a bean-bag toss and lanyard-making lessons.

“I’m very fortunate this year to have such a great group of ASB students,” Dermody said. “They’re hard workers, and very self-motivated.”

Charlotte Orlove dressed up as the Bowman Bulldog, and Dermody said the character was a big hit with the little ones, who posed proudly with the big gray dog mascot while grinning parents snapped photos.

Paloma Sanchez and Jazmin Armas painted cat whiskers, hearts and flowers on the faces of the students and their siblings as they dropped by. Thomas Cornelio and Alejandro Garcia were runners, providing added support where it was needed.

Ross Shields, Kevin Cuartas and Briana Benner manned the snack table. Liz Johnson, Beatrice Barsoum and Johnny Garcia talked bystanders into buying T-shirts and hoodies.

Matthew Evans snapped photos all evening, and Gabriella Brooks made a sign entitled “How You Can Help” so that attendees could see all of the ways that they could support Bowman.

Seth Loudon oversaw the bean-bag toss and helped some of the tiniest Bowman visitors get the bean bag through the hole.
Deanna De La Cruz and Diana Lopez cut up and handed out the free cake, and Courtney Johnson and Christian Alonso coordinated the book giveaway.

Students pored over the selections and many took home books they found. Their younger brothers and sisters could also be seen clutching copies of “Berenstain Bears” and “One Fish, Two Fish.”

Parents and staff made bids on the silent-auction items, bringing in $80, and Peter Tobler and Tracy Hubbard-Tobler donated $100 to the vending-machine fund. The goal is to raise $3,000 to buy a new vending machine, which, in turn will provide a steady revenue stream for years.

Gail Johnson, mother of ASB student Liz Johnson, summed up the spirit of the evening when she said, “I’m really impressed with the staff here at Bowman.”

“Everyone is so friendly and welcoming,” she said.


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