Mark Twain Picnic Raises Funds for PTO

Mark Twain student Sophia Rupp receives a flowery makeover by one of the two face painters who were at the picnic. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Mark Twain student Sophia Rupp receives a flowery makeover by one of the two face painters who were at the picnic. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Carnival games, a silent auction and a cookout drew a crowd of students and their families to Mark Twain Elementary School’s annual spring picnic on Saturday, April 23.

About a dozen games were set up in the gym and face and arm painting artists served a line of students in the hallway. The auction, held in the cafeteria, raised about $5,000 for the school’s PTO. The cookout was in the school’s front yard.

Employees from St. Louis Children’s Hospital were on hand to conduct safety checks of students’ bicycle helmets, sell new helmets for $11 and provide custom fitting. A sign at the table advised, “Parents should teacher their children, ‘No helmet, no bike.’”

Sofia Cardenas-Roman tries to shoot around the wooden goalkeeper to win prizes.
Sofia Cardenas-Roman tries to shoot around the wooden goalkeeper to win prizes.
Phoenix Torno shoots for prizes.
Phoenix Torno shoots for prizes.
Jack Magee waits for the go-ahead to putt.
Jack Magee waits for the go-ahead to putt.
Enjoying snacks outside are friends (from left) Amelia Favazza, Ava Amad and Amelia Spencer.
Enjoying snacks outside are friends (from left) Amelia Favazza, Ava Amad and Amelia Spencer.
Sophia Vandervoort has her new bicycle helmet fitted by Julie Cappelletti of St. Louis Children's Hospital.
Sophia Vandervoort has her new bicycle helmet fitted by Julie Cappelletti of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Kelly Goodwin offers pretzels.
Kelly Goodwin bags pretzels for hungry students and parents.
Tom Magee (above) cooks the hot dogs and brats and his wife Lisa Magee (below) takes them to the serving table.
Tom Magee (above) cooks the hot dogs and brats and his wife Lisa Magee (below) takes them to the serving table.

SJB_2963 Lisa Magee

Zoey Mwai-Lopez launches a whirligig she won as a prize.
Zoey Mwai-Lopez launches a whirligig she won as a prize.
One student proudly displays his prizes on the sidewalk.
One student proudly displays his prizes on the sidewalk.
Ashlyn Wildgrube (left) and Atari Young take their time in selecting a prize from the bucket.
Ashlyn Wildgrube (left) and Atari Young take their time in selecting a prize from the bucket.
The silent auction is held in the cafeteria.
The silent auction is held in the cafeteria.
A basket full of stuffed animals is one of the prizes in the silent auction.
A basket full of stuffed animals is one of the prizes in the silent auction.
A student throws knocks over cans with a bean bag in the Krazy Kans game.
A student knocks over cans with a bean bag in the Krazy Kans game.

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