In a change to the regular ‘Prep Fair’ traditionally held annually at the school’s Walkers Road site, Cayman Prep’s Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’ fair was an incredibly popular draw for thousands last Saturday, raising around CI$12,000 for the school.
Situated at the South Sound Dart Park on a blustery, cloudy day, the fair attracted families and children from across Cayman, not just those connected with the school, for a day of fun and excitement.
Organisers, Prep School PTA executives Sandy Hew and Lucy Carpenter, along with PTA member Gordon Rowell, worked hard to produce a well-run and well thought out event that had loads going on to keep children happy. Face painting, multi-coloured hair spraying, apple bobbing and duck fishing jostled for attention alongside a variety of bouncy castles, some that incorporated water slides for added fun, along with organised traditional Easter games such as egg and spoon races and ‘hunt the Easter eggs’. And even the Easter Bunny itself made an appearance, much to the delight of little ones.
A highlight of the event were stalls that sold goods ‘Made with Love’ by the pupils. Kindergarten made Easter frames with their photos inside, year one made magnificent mosaics in the shape of turtles, starfish and stingrays, and painted Easter pots, while year two made decorative t-shirts and year three made more mosaics. Year four created Happy Easter signs and year five sold recipe jars. Year six made mosaic pots and also decorated t-shirts. All these items were made to sell on the day. (And woe betide any parent that did not manage to buy their child’s creation!)
Parents were encouraged to help out by manning stalls, along with teachers, and many parents contributed delicious baked goods to the tea and cake stall, which proved to be particularly popular, with sticky Victoria sponges, gooey chocolate brownies, Easter cookies and much more all on offer to buy and eat or take away for a treat later on.
Parents commented that the location for such an event could not have been a more perfect venue (particularly as the cool weather was so conducive to wandering around) – away from school so that children did not feel like they were back at school on a Saturday and the park itself has so many varied sections to make discovering all the different stalls and events a real treat.
Sandy Hew states, ‘We felt it was important that we kept prices down so everyone could just come and have fun. The fact that the school made money was an added bonus.’
An eggstra special way to raise funds for the school and one which Cayman Prep will no doubt be repeating next year.