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Jefferson Elementary School hosts first ever family picnic

Mark Hansen Jefferson picnic (10/04/19) With an influx of new students to start the school year, from kindergarteners to those who recently moved to the neighborhood, and others, staff at Jefferson Elementary School over the summer thought of a way to bring the entire school-community together: a family picnic.

On Sept. 19, Jefferson held that first-ever picnic, where families ate a hotdog dinner and had a chance to mingle and bond by participating in a hula-hoop contest, jumping in a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, or by visiting with a Blaine Police Department K9 unit. See photos from the event.

“It was a great way for families — new and old — to connect, not only with staff, but with other families,” said assistant principal Lisa Newberger. “It really helped launch our school year in a really positive way.”

The picnic was such a success, Newberger said Jefferson’s parent-teacher organization (PTO) has committed to supporting it in future years to make it an annual event.

“My favorite part was seeing all the smiles,” Newberger said. “Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. It really was a beautiful night.”

Jefferson Elementary School is located in Blaine and home to about 585 students.