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PTSA Family Fun and Info Fair draws crowds

From left, Marysville Special Education PTSA Co-Vice President Preston Dwoskin and Marysville School District Board President Chris Nation join MSPTSA President Alicia Champine, Co-Vice President Jim Strickland and Jessie Atkins, fundraising and programs chair for MSEPTSA, during its fourth annual Family Fun and Info Fair on Oct. 9. - Courtesy Photo
From left, Marysville Special Education PTSA Co-Vice President Preston Dwoskin and Marysville School District Board President Chris Nation join MSPTSA President Alicia Champine, Co-Vice President Jim Strickland and Jessie Atkins, fundraising and programs chair for MSEPTSA, during its fourth annual Family Fun and Info Fair on Oct. 9.
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MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Special Education PTSA’s fourth annual Family Fun and Info Fair returned to Cedarcrest Middle School for the second year in a row on Wednesday, Oct. 9, to inform families about the resources that are available to children who are receiving special education services, as well as to connect families to the community and each other.

Jessie Atkins, fundraising and programs chair for the Marysville Special Education PTSA, deemed this year’s event a success, for both the fundraising and the turnout that it generated, with more than $800 and 150 attendees drawn by the evening’s activities.

MSEPTSA President Alicia Champine, co-vice presidents Angi Wilson, Amy Sheldon, Preston Dwoskin and Jim Strickland, Secretary Jessica Cantrell, Legislative Chair Barbara O’Kelly, Holly Harbridge of the Fundraising Committee and Atkins herself were joined by Marysville School District Superintendent Dr. Becky Berg, Assistant Superintendent Ray Houser, School Board President Chris Nation, and Special Education directors Tracy Suchan Toothaker and Ken Chovil.

More than 15 vendors were on site, including the Lions Club, the Arc of Snohomish County, the Snohomish County Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Snohomish County Down Syndrome Association, Council PTA, PAVE, Health First Chiropractic and Warm Beach.

“Our food and activities and crafts for kids were complemented with the new addition of a ‘quiet and calming room,’ so that children who were easily overstimulated could calm down,” Atkins said. “The partnership between the Cedarcrest Middle School PTA and the Marysville Special Education PTSA helped to make this event a huge success.”

Atkins also thanked the Espresso Connection, the Tulalip Resort Casino, Reading Sparks, All Aboard and the Down Syndrome Community for serving as donors for the MSEPTSA auction, whose monies go to support families of children with disabilities and their schools.

“This fair is a unique opportunity for people in our greater community, who have or know children or adults with disabilities, to meet others who care and understand,” O’Kelly said. “It’s where strong and lasting connections are created, and helpful resources are shared, that are designed to improve their lives and involvement in their schools and in their community. It’s all about people coming together to form powerful relationships, and discovering ways that support the good of everyone, including those with disabilities, in our community.”

The community is also invited to MSEPTSA’s upcoming general meetings, which have been tentatively set for the second Tuesday of each odd-numbered month — November, January, March and May — from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Marsh Elementary library.

“We’d love to see as many people as possible show up,” Dwoskin said. “If you want to become a member of the Marysville Special Education PTSA, your membership fee is due on your first meeting. Non-members cannot vote, but non-members are still allowed to attend our public meetings.”

Please contact O’Kelly by phone at 425-754-9945, or via email at barbara@mseptsa.org, to take part or find out more.

 

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