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Spring fun at Pine Island Elementary

April 9, 2014
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

Pine Island Elementary School held its 6th Annual Springfest Friday night. The festivities included a live deejay and dancing, games, bounce houses, a wacky slide and laser tag. The "Wax-Hand" Man was also there to provide a lasting memento for the children for a small fee.

Principal Rob Mazzoli is celebrating his seventh year at Pine Island Elementary School and this year marks his 6th Annual Springfest.

"At schools I've been at prior to Pine Island Elementary, we always had a Springfest," he said. "Six years ago I went to my CPTO (Concerned Parents Teachers Organization) and said we need to do something for the families here on Pine Island.

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The Pine Island Elementary School choir performs at Springfest.

"We started very small back then and every year it has grown bigger and better thanks to the parents and teachers who took the bull by the horns so to speak," he continued. "It's evolved to what we have now with six different bounce houses, we have a "wax-hands" guy that makes impressions of hands, Mel Meo's Mullet Wagon, Kona Ice, we've also added a karaoke application where the kids can sing along with the music. It's just a fun day for everyone."

"In our Silent Auction each class selects a theme and then we have the parents and teachers of that class level donate to that specific basket," Diane Sporney, 1st grade teacher said.

"Last year when I came on we asked the community to help out by asking them for donations. From that we were able to create 35 different packages. All of these packages will be part of our silent auction and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to the school. "

She continued, "Kindergarten did a beach theme basket; the 1st grade package is a tail-gating package; 2nd grade a "His and Her" basket;

3rd grade did an animal pet-lovers basket; 4th grade is an "art fantastic" package; and 5th grade is a fishing package. There is an Easter Basket with 140 different Easter eggs; the office staff did a coffee and tea basket and lots more. There isn't a specific fund the money is used wherever it is needed."

Food and drinks were provided by Mel and Fred's Mullet Wagon, Cupcake Express and Kona Ice. Hot dogs, pretzels and drinks were also available. There were also performances by the Pine Island Elementary Choir and Dance Club.

As always, the Pine Island business community pitched in to the silent auction including two custom designed chairs and a wine basket from Material Green, gift certificates from Sandy Hook and Little Lily's, tickets to the Gulf Coast Symphony and the Everblades, a Labor Day getaway to an Anna Maria Island Beach House, a Tarpon Lodge stay and fishing charter, homemade pies from Ms. Donna, a four-hour kayak rental from FL Paddle Sports, a free charter from Diamond Charter, a free month of lessons from Kelly's Dance and Martial Art University, a spa basket from Spa 33, and much, much more.

Last year the silent auction brought in more than a thousand dollars for the school.

"We had a great turnout," Mazzoli said. "Like I said earlier, every year Springfest gets bigger and better and this is the best one yet. I want to thank all of the parents and teachers for making this such a success - I think everyone had a great time."



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