WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley Community Local School District held its annual Community Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 15. There parents, students, and community members alike could visit with local organizations and their neighbors, eat a delicious meal, try for door prizes, and attend open house all at one time and location.
According to Erin Utsinger, Community Picnic Chairman, over 650 hamburger and hot dog meals were served (meals included a sandwich, bag of chips, drink, and ice cream from Bratt Tasties). Many community members collaborated to host this traditional community gathering as the kickoff to the new school year.
“Our thanks go out to all of you who helped and donated including: Amy Gibbons of Aramark, the food service staff, and the many volunteers who prepared the food and graciously served the meals,” Utsinger said. “Thank you to the school administration and staff for their efforts.
“There were a total of 20 nonprofit organizations, universities, and businesses who kindly donated their time to attend with displays and brochures. New school personnel were introduced, and class lists were posted for the upcoming school year. Approximately 100 door prizes were awarded — thanks to the generosity of the Twin Valley and Eaton community businesses and organizations.
“Each meal ticket purchased made the buyer eligible for door prizes, which were awarded constantly throughout the evening. The support shown through donations was remarkable! Thank you letters and receipts were mailed to all donors. Merchants and community groups outdid themselves. Such generosity is greatly appreciated by all and truly amazing.”
In addition to the meal and door prizes, the Twin Valley South marching band announced the arrival of the Twin Valley cheerleaders, who performed, followed by the introduction of the football team. Other fall teams announced were girls’ soccer and volleyball.
“It was really exciting to see so many people there and thrilling to see generations intermingling,” Utsinger said. “What a great evening we all had. We look forward to the picnic again next year.”
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