Parish Hill celebrates the harvest season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Chaplin - posted Tue., Oct. 18, 2011
Savannah at the face-painting table with Parish Hill seventh-grader, Lauren. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Savannah at the face-painting table with Parish Hill seventh-grader, Lauren. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Parish Hill Middle/High School has long recognized the changing of the seasons with an annual Harvest Festival hosted at the school. This year’s event featured a number of activities, including pumpkin-painting, crafts, games, horseback rides, a moon bounce, bouncy balls and the traditional haunted house.

“I hear it’s the best one yet this year,” said Principal Dori Smith of the student-organized haunted house. The fright fest is traditionally a fundraiser for the junior class, although many of the other activities are free. Judging by the screams emanating from the bowels of the school auditorium and the shrieking, red-faced middle-schoolers coming from the exit, this year’s junior class put on a top-notch show.

“We pretty much try to break even on the other activities, because it’s something we do for the community,” said Smith. “We like to give back to the community that supports us.”

An assortment of refreshments, including cotton candy and hot and cold apple cider, were offered for a nominal charge. Other paid items were dog and cat treats and a dog house raffle sponsored by the school’s newest group, the Animal Club. “The dog house was made by our woods class,” said Smith, “and the dog and cat treats were homemade by the students.”

Natalka, a junior and a member of the Animal Club, was supervising Wilbur, a pit bull up for adoption through Windham 4 Paws. “He was abandoned at WalMart,” said Natalka. “He was shoved out of a car.” Estimated to be between 1 and 1-and-a-half years old, Wilbur was friendly and surprisingly well-behaved for such a young dog.

Just formed in September, the Animal Club has made a commitment to an event held at Mackey’s every third Saturday. “We bring animals there that are up for adoption,” said Natalka. Other plans include campaigning for vegetarian options for the cafeteria, a Thanksgiving pet food drive and a Home for the Holidays event. The club also plans to educate the public regarding the evils of puppy mills. “We want to spread the word that people shouldn’t buy from pet stores,” said Natalka.

For more information regarding Wilbur or one of the many other cats and dogs available for adoption, check out Windham 4 Paws on or contact Pampered Pet Daycamp at 860-423-3327.

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