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Kinder-PALOOZA draws hundreds

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Forest City Dunbar's Super VIP's greet the public.

An oversized, ever smiling bright yellow Star mascot from Forrest W. Hunt Elementary School extended her hand to welcome rising kindergarten students to the annual Kinder-PALOOZA recently.

Star mascot Abigail Thompson, a fifth grader, helped at her school's booth as dozens of other students, teachers and staff from the Rutherford County Schools manned their respective booths for the annual event held at the Foundation, Isothermal Community College.

Superstars from Forest City Dunbar Elementary, honeybees and other creative and colorful displays caught the attention of more than 250 prospective kindergarten students attending.

Approximately 800 parents, grandparents and siblings also attended.

Students received small favors, treats and were engaged in activities as they got a glimpse of the kindergarten programs.

Ritchie Garland, director of marketing and community relations and gifted program coordinator, said the event was a "success" and all the children and parents seemed excited.

Garland said there were approximately 60 more students attending than last year's Kinder-PALOOZA.

"Since we moved the location (from Carolina Conference Center), we were able to add more booths," Garland said.

In addition to booths set up to represent all kindergarten programs other booths featured the music and art programs. Health and wellness, child nutrition booths were also included. The Rutherford County Schools Foundation also sponsored a booth.

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