Another Successful Roo Fest! | Quest Harrison, Staff Writer

On April 14th, the NGC held the annual Roo Fest, an event where students with special needs can play games and just have fun. This year’s theme was Luau. There were skirts made from straw and lei (hawaiian flower necklaces) students could wear if they wanted. There were classic carnival games such as ring toss and knock down. There was an obstacle course and sports activities like soccer and basketball. There was even a fire truck that students could climb into and honk the horn. But the students’ favorite parts were definitely the balloon animals, the baby kangaroos, and the face paint.   “Roo fest is just celebrating our kids and watching them live their best lives and enjoying this day,” said Sarah Knox, a speech language pathologist from Martin Elementary.   There were students and teachers volunteering at the Roo Fest. “I just like the atmosphere,” said Tiel Jenkins, a teacher at Weatherford High. “It’s a very fun and inviting atmosphere.”   A student volunteer, Braxton Lewis, was supervising one of the stations where the kids were jumping on fake turtle shells and popping bubbles. “[My favorite part is] getting to watch kids have a smile on their face,” he said.   Another student volunteer, Skyler Lancaster, was at the bean bag toss station. ​​”Getting to see all these kids laugh…makes me happy,” she said.   Carolyn Cowden, a teacher at Weatherford High, brought her culinary students to help at the concession stand. “I’ve probably done Roo Fest [for] five or six years now, and it’s a great event,” she said, “I love bringing my students up here to help and volunteer…”

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