Sea Turtle Swish

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Two third graders proudly wearing the special shirts for the Pelican Palooza.


After school on Thursday, I attended a committee meeting for the Pelican Palooza. The Pelican Palooza is Woodlake Elementary School’s festival and largest fundraiser for our PTA. It will be taking place on the Mandeville Lakefront on Saturday, March 19th. The Pelican Palooza promises to be a day filled with fun activities for the whole family.

The festivities begin at 9:00 am with a Family Fun Run/Walk where the first 100 participants to finish will receive a special Water Bottle. This is followed by one of my favorite events the student versus faculty relay race. It’s amazing how competitive this event has become. As the teachers lost last year, we are definitely hungry for the win. The students better watch out!

This year all Woodlake students are invited to perform some of our favorite songs for the Opening Ceremonies at 10:00 am. This includes our theme song for the Turbo Turtle Race which takes place later in the day, “Sea Turtle Swish”. Then, the carnival games and activities will begin. There have been several changes to our carnival games this year including the addition of a video game truck. Along with the games, there will be inflatable slides, an obstacle course, and a dunking booth. We will even have the Girl Scouts running a Cake Walk while the Boy Scouts will be managing a booth for hair painting.

For many of our adults, the favorite activity is the Silent Auction. Each class has put together fabulous gift baskets filled with special prizes. Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs. Thompson, has also been working with each class to create beautiful, one of a kind paintings based on this year’s Palooza theme, the “Power of Love”. I’ve already started checking out the art work, and I have a feeling we will have some serious bidding wars on the paintings.

The day culminates with our biggest activity, the Turbo Turtle Race. Over the next few weeks, people will be able to adopt a turtle. At 2:00 pm, all of the plastic turtles will be placed in the lake for the race. The person with the winning turtle will receive $1,000. Second place will receive $250 while third place gets $100.

As a teacher, I am grateful for the fun day to connect (and compete) with my students. However, I am also extremely thankful for the money that is raised by the Pelican Palooza. Many of the instruments, materials, and resources in my classroom room have been purchased through funds raised from Pelican Paloozas in the past. This year the money will be dedicated to replacing and upgrading technology in our classrooms.

I hope to see all of you there!


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