There are few public school traditions that rival Winsor Hill Elementary School's annual Harvest Night.
PTSO President Gina Schino said, "it is an amazing and awesome" event that brings parents, students and faculty members for a night of fun, frills and even hayrides as well as well games played by young and old alike.
Take the teacher games, for example.
Some teachers, in fact, participated in a sack race relay and above all else, the kids laughing and whooping it up and students cheering on their favorite teacher during the donut eating contest.
"This year's teacher event was a great success," Schino said. "Nicole Grilli, Gabriele Hardwood, Dionna Gajdowski, Sandra Farone, Karin Peters and Renee Toppi were all good sports … the crowd cheered all the teachers throughout the donut eating contest which was won by Mrs. Peters."
Schino also announced Mrs. Gajdowski and Ms. Farone won the relay team contest.
In keeping with tradition, the Pumpkin Contest was again highly-impressive, as the 2018 jack-o-lanterns came in all sizes and shapes, replete with wigs and hats, some with candles for special affects, others painted in different colors and showing very few teeth.
"Each year students from each grade here at Winsor Hill carve pumpkins for the contest that are on display throughout Harvest Night," said Schino. "There's always lots of creativity featured for this event."
Yet another "extraordinary event" on Harvest Night as many of last week's attendees will concur, is the Trunk or Treat event that Schino said "gets bigger and better each year. It's creative and always fun and the beautiful weather and seasonal music really set the tone this time."
Trunk or Treat, Schino explained, is parents of students decorating their automobile trunks - or back end of an SUV - with everything and anything for props that are used during the harvest season or Halloween.
For some Winsor Hill fifth grades like Alexander Musa, Nathan DellaMorte, Jaiden Weston, Max Mousseau, Jason Schino, Cameron Veitch and Ryan Capraro, last week's Harvest Night was perhaps bittersweet.
"They all enjoyed their final hayride as students at Winsor Hill School," Schino said with an emotional tone in her voice. "But the ride was without question tons of fun and something the children will remember forever."