Parents, students, teachers and staff packed the Hollin Meadows Elementary School cafeteria Friday for Spaghetti Night with a 1950s twist.
Spaghetti Night is a fundraiser for the 6th grade class. It helps pay for their end of the year graduation party and field trip to Gettysburg. Families in the Hollin Meadows community were asked to come to one of two seatings Friday night for spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, dessert and some 1950s décor and music.
There was a deejay cranking out tunes like Grease and The Hand Jive and students were encouraged to slick back their hair, strap on their saddle shoes and join the 50s feel.
The coordinators for this year’s event are both new to the school.
“This is my first year here and I have made so many friends,” said coordinator Pam Riggles. “I was worried about my son transitioning in here from another school, but I don’t have to worry about him at all, he’s more than fine!”
Talisha Upshaw, one of the other coordinators also mentioned how wonderfully accepting this diverse student body has been of her and her family.
“I got such a warm welcome,” Upshaw said. “The parents just took me by the hand and showed me how things are done.”
Friday night’s event was packed with hundreds of families who came out to show support for the 6th grade class.
“Last year they had 400 to 500 and the ticket sales were actually up from last year,” said Upshaw.
Ledo Pizza donated all the noodles for Spaghetti Night. There was also a raffle stocked with toys and prizes.
While Spaghetti Night was in full swing, students also hosted a craft fair in the hall outside the cafeteria. The homemade crafts were all made by students and all the profits from that event will go toward the effort to save Hollin Meadow’s math/science focus and garden program.