There was something for everyone at Matoaca Middle School’s Winterfest, where students could play video games, dance, ride a Segway, bounce on inflatable games or enjoy a snack.

Parent-Teacher Association President Roop Bhatt said the organization was hosting Winterfest to raise funds to give the school a new photocopy machine. If enough money is raised, each campus will receive a new photocopier, she said.

“We have lots of volunteers,” she said, and the event couldn’t happen without them. These kinds of events are a good break for the students, Bhatt said.
Principal Wayne Carter said about 500 students, which is roughly half the school, came out for Winterfest.

“It’s nice to see them interacting and having fun together,” he said. Some of the attendees were from the school’s west campus, he said; Winterfest was held in the east campus. Getting students from the two campuses together builds camaraderie, he said.

“It’s really nice, too, because it’s not just a dance,” Assistant Principal Shannon Bramble said. “The word is out,” she said, and attendance at the event doubled this year.

Alexis Pedrick, a sixth-grade student, said the Segway ride was her favorite part of the evening. Pedrick and friend Allyson Boswell, also a sixth grader, said they were ready for a world where the electrical vehicles were the primary mode of transportation.

“Oh, I would love that,” Boswell said.

Hannah Almone and Ellie Holder, both in seventh grade, were playing on an inflatable Twister game. Both gave the evening rave reviews.

“I think the school system should definitely have stuff like this for people to do,” Ellie said.

“It’s awesome to stay after school and hang with friends and have fun,” Hannah said. 


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