The joint Parents Teachers Students Association of Kagman schools’ first Family Fun Day last June 2 at the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort driving range was attended by more than 300 people who visited the booths and participated in the fun and games.
Agencies that had booths included the Commonwealth Election Commission, there to register voters and answer questions about election venues, among others.
The Joeten-Kiyu Public Library Bookmobile and Friends of JPKL Library came to support with books, balloons and games.
The Paire Soccer Club showcased soccer fun and recruited players for the new season. Their players were key volunteers throughout the event, hosting competition in their demo games and supporting the PTSA with setup and running of booths like the Department of Public Safety-donated dunking booth, where students made a big splash.
The Northern Marianas College-CREES was also there to promote the healthy lifestyle, educating families about portion size and sugar.
The Division of Youth Services and the Parents Anonymous group came to promote their summer programs and share information about the services they offer.
The first ever Chamorro and Carolinian Language Immersion program at Kagman Elementary School for Kindergartners also had a booth and gave away prizes for people who answered questions quizzed from their brochure that day. Their first cohort of students from this year performed for everyone at the event.
Cultural icons Gus Kaipat and Lino Olipai also serenaded the crowd. The program is only available in Kagman and is open for enrollment. They are looking for interested parents to enroll Kindergarten-age children for next year.
In addition to the informational booth, there was free balloons, a bounce house, an obstacle course, a spring cleaning table, bob-for-apples booth, selfies and group photos with the photo frame made by the Chacha woodworking students, books that were weeded out of the Kagman High Library collection. There were also raffle tickets for everyone participating in all of the school events throughout the year, which would earn them prizes.
For the raffle, Kagman Elementary School donated sports equipment like soccer balls volleyballs and ping-pong sets. Kagman High School donated five Kindle Fires, purchased with education tax contribution donations. The Kagman High PTSA also purchased more than 20 gas vouchers from the Kagman mobil gas station for the raffle. Other prizes were donated by Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan. The Immersion program also give away program T-shirts. Winners of the Kindle Fires were Bobby Kaipat, Turiana Welch, Mark Kaipat, Alvin Tudela, and Marsha Babauta.
Lunch was served around noon. Food was prepared by Laolao Bay Golf & Resort, the PTSA leadership and the Kagman schools’ food vendor Kalayaan. (PR)