This year, the students participated in writing thank you notes to Hoboken, N.J. firefighters and troops overseas, participated in a scavenger hunt and had their faces painted.
“All of the students were so excited to come,” says Ged O’Donnell, principal of Montlieu Academy of Technology. “The festival is a great way to recognize and reward students who have shown excellence in their learning.”
ROTC members helped the students color flags and write a note to troops. Sophomore ROTC member Matt Miller was coloring with Jaylin, a first grade student.
“Meeting Matt has been the best part of today!” said Jaylin.
“If I could talk to [the firefighter], I would say ‘Thank you!’” said Kaitlyn.
Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life, said the event brought joy to both HPU and Montlieu students.
“The festival is special; we’ve had a wonderful collaboration with Montileu and it’s great to be able to give the children an opportunity to come to a place of higher education and interact with our students,” says Tuttle. “It is also great for our students to give back to the community and impact these kids’ lives.”