Bailey Spring Festival to benefit scholarships, school programs
Bailey Spring Festival to benefit scholarships, school programs
Posted on 05/08/2014
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WEST HAVEN, May 5, 2014 — Rides, food, student performers, even a dunk-a-teacher booth—the Bailey Middle School PTSA has packed its first Bailey Spring Festival with plenty of entertainment and activities this weekend.

The event, which runs Friday from 5-9 p.m., Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. on the 106 Morgan Lane Bailey Middle School campus, promises to be a family-friendly gathering that celebrates spring and brings the community together, says festival Chairman and Bailey PTSA member Ronald Quagliani.

It’s also intended to be a major fundraiser for the Bailey PTSA, which funds scholarships for West Haven High School students who previously graduated Bailey, enrichment programs, the eighth-grade graduation and dance, and other activities to make participation costs affordable for Bailey families.

“We felt this would be a great way of bringing together our Bailey families, as well as our West Haven community. The West Haven community has always supported its school district, and this festival will be a great way to do that while having fun,” Quagliani said. “It’s been a very long winter, and our thought was people are ready to get outside and enjoy themselves.”

The festival will have rides by Marenna Amusements with wristband specials, food vendors, games and prizes for kids, a Touch-A-Truck activity, a special dunk-a-teacher booth, and tables for local organizations.

But it’s also an opportunity to highlight student talent. Alma E. Pagels Elementary School student Grace Nowak and Carrigan Intermediate School student Nora Mullins will be performing individually, while West Haven High School students Kevin McDaniel and Geordann Dagupolo will be performing as a duo. The WHHS and Bailey jazz bands and the Bailey chorus will also take the stage. Tears Fall Down, a band of 7th- and 8th-graders, is set to play as well.

Tim Borer, the Navels, Chris Lavery, Jimmy Donegan and Cindy Hotchkiss, Chris Skeens & Company, Melanie Gonzalez, Simply Dance and DJ Jeff will also be performing.

The PTSA hopes the festival is successful enough to become an annual Bailey tradition, says PTSA President Dorinda Borer.

“We’re very fortunate that some generous donors came forward to support our efforts.  I think that everyone recognizes it’s important to defray the cost of activities so that every child has the opportunity to participate,” Borer said. “Everything fell into place, and everyone worked really hard on this festival. I’m so proud and not surprised that the community has come together to support the students of Bailey.”


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