The Park School of Buffalo has created a tight-knit community over the years, and never is that more evident than at its Country Fair.
Teachers, students, parents and alumni alike gather at this annual event and reconnect, reminisce -- and throw sponges at teachers. What makes this event particularly remarkable is it is almost entirely student-run. Each class must decide what type of activity they want to run, bring in all the materials and work at their booths. There are class activities from third grade all the way to 12th grade.
Fostering responsibility and friendship, this event is likely to be a part of the school's tradition for many years to come.
Last Saturday, the Country Fair was held inside due to the weather, but the event did not seem to miss a beat. Within the confines of the gymnasium were people of all ages demonstrating their talents.
One seventh-grader Michael Jeswald brought his band, the Mystical Woodchippers, and performed during the event. The senior class set up a marriage booth, where visitors pretended to get married, which provided for a great deal of laughter and fun.
When members of the Park School community look back upon their years spent here, the Country Fair is one thing they will fondly remember and to which they will possibly return.
As teachers and students did battle in several different events, others simply took the time to catch up with old friends.
Student body president DJ Shoemaker said, "It's a great time for this community to come together."
When asked about her favorite part of the Country Fair, eighth-grader Flora Kraatz said, "The entire event was a ton of fun! We got to see old friends again, and do something good for the Park community."
The money raised from this event is donated to the United Way each year, making this student-driven event one of the school's biggest fundraisers as well as one of its most cherished pastimes.
Joshu Creel is a junior at Park School.