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Children waited for their turn to try the pumpkin toss during Johnson Primary School’s annual Fall Festival aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 20. Children painted their faces, played games and won prizes.

Photo by Pfc. Nik Phongsisattanak

Johnson Primary hosts Fall Festival

20 Oct 2011 | Pfc. Nikki Phongsisattanak

Children and families arrived with smiles at the Johnson Primary School’s annual Fall Festival aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Oct. 20.

“Today is a day to celebrate our home and school partnership,” said Michelle Allen, assistant principal of Johnson Primary School. “This is an annual event that helps to build that connection and relationship between the communities.”

The evening was chilly, but children kept themselves warm by staying active or by participating in indoor games. Children jumped in bouncy castles and tested their strength on the bungee run, one of many activities offered at the event. When it got too chilly, families went into the gymnasium to test their luck on the cake walk and the silent auction.

“It’s a good opportunity for the kids and families to get together and have a fun time,” said Gunnery Sgt. Daren Brown, a radio chief with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. “We should always take advantage of events for our kids and the community.”

It was an opportunity for families to take a break from the norm. Children got their hair colored and faces painted, and their clown-like makeovers made others smile.

“I like that there are so many games to play and I like them all,” said Whitley, a first grade student at the event.

Parents followed their little clowns as they tried everything from pie throwing to ring tossing.

Selena Wood, a military spouse who attended the event with her child, said she was happy to see the variety of activities for children.

“It is also nice to see Marines out here helping. It shows their support, and it’s great that the school holds events such as this,” she added.

Cpl. Mike Nenish, a rifleman with 1st Bn., 8th Marines, didn’t mind taking a day off of work to help with the festivities.

“We’re here to help out at the event,” said Nenish. “It’s nice to be out here supporting the families. It’s a break from the regular workday and it’s nice to see the kids smiling.”

The event was a chance for the community to bond and it was also a chance for the school to show families their appreciation.

“The most important thing about an event like this is getting the families out, and getting them together,” said Scott Tefft, principal of Johnson Primary School. “It’s a time of fellowship where people can reconnect. Seeing these families waving to each other and talking gives a great sense of community.”

For information on their school events, call 451-2431.