Photos: St. Pius X Holds Big Birthday Bash
St. Pius X School held their 5th Annual Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Jan. 14.
BROOMALL–On Saturday, Jan. 14, St. Pius X School held their 5th Annual Winter Wonderland event, which focused on the celebration of the event's birthday. This year, the event's theme was celebrating the "biggest birthday bash ever."
Jen Tuberosa and Mary Schugsta, the current event chair, parents at the school, started the event five years ago. According to Tuberosa, each year about 300 children in the community attend.
"The first event was held in January of 2008," said Tuberosa over an email to Patch. "It was never done before and we wanted to try an event that gave families with young children something fun and educational to do on a cold winter Saturday."
Tuberosa, who has had previous experience organizing this type of event before, thought the idea would be a good event for the school and the community.
"Before I had my kids, I worked in school public relations for a 9,000 student district in New York and we held smaller scale events for young children," said Tuberosa. "The goal was to replicate this but put our own unique spin on it for our school."
According to Tuberosa, the first year's theme was literally "winter." Since then, the themes have been about summer, a circus, and Dr. Seuss.
This year's "birthday bash" had interactive learning stations for the children such as Jitterbugs Music and Movement, Rattlebox Nature Center, meeting "Stubby" the helicopter from the American Helicopter Museum, Magic by Poly, a moon bounce and even an indoor planetarium. In addition, representatives from the Marple Police Department and Marple Ambulance Corps set up educational material for both children and adults.
The first event welcomed over 300 children and approximately 200 adults and parent volunteers from the St. Pius X Home & School Association, said Tuberosa. But since then, the event has grown each year.
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