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Dear Pates and Fort Families,

We had such an incredible time at our annual Fall Carnival!  This is one of those events that involves the entire community to come together to transform Fort Washington into Carnival Central.  As one would make their way onto the Fort Washington campus, one would be greeted by warm smiles under a balloon arch.  Corn stalks lined the walkway towards the center of the campus that was filled with food vendors from Jamba Juice, churros, pizza, potato on a stick, barbeque tri-tip and burgers, to freshly baked cinnamon rolls.  Silent auction items beautifully wrapped and decorated on display in our multipurpose room.  Shopping vendors proudly displaying their specialized crafts.  Game booths covered the grounds on our blacktop while the inflatables and rock wall were captivating our daring participants of all ages.  Even our local fire department had a fire truck out on display.

On the entertainment side, our Kindergarten students proudly performed their songs and poems.  Our pep and cheer showcased some school spirit.  Reptile Ron brought some cool animals to check out.  Even Miss Fresno joined us for our festivities!  She rode around the Fort Washington campus on a bicycle that was being raffled off at the auction and showed off her throwing skills at the dunk tank.  No matter what direction you were facing, one would see the smiles and excitement of our children.  And, this is why we do what we do. 

Your involvement in helping with the donations for our cake walk, granny booth, and silent auction to your donated time in running classroom booths, organizing and wrapping silent auction items, and moving haybales, tables, exterior stage, assisting with set-up and break-down are what makes our Fort Washington community so special.  It is our collective commitment to service that allows our children to have amazing experiences such as our Fall Carnival.  This event is as successful as it is because of you.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Pates are GREAT! 


Melanie Hashimoto


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