Kendall welcomes students, families at annual back-to-school open house

Photos by Kristina Gabalski: Joseph Barbuto, left, watches as Justine Barbuto snaps a photo of their daughters, 3-year old Ada, who is entering Pre-K, and 7-year old Adeline, who is entering second grade. They attended an open house at the school district on Thursday evening.

By Kristina Gabalski, Correspondent Posted 1 September 2017 at 8:46 am

KENDALL – The school district held its annual open house on Thursday, and the community turned out to check out classrooms, meet teachers, and eat chicken barbecue dinners.

Dawn Gardner, Sports Boosters secretary, gets some help selling chicken barbecue tickets from 6-year old Ella Rae Mitchell. Donations also were taken during the dinner for the Red Cross in aid of Hurricane Harvey victims.

Gardner said the chicken barbecue is the major fundraiser for the Sports Boosters.

“JV and Varsity athletes, both boys and girls, take shifts and work as a team to make sure the dinners are delivered,” Gardner said.  Funds raised from the event have enabled the Boosters to cover half the cost of the boys and girls baseball and softball scoreboards and as well as lights on the varsity athletic fields and construction of dugouts. “It also funds our sports scholarship.”

Sports Boosters award 12 of the $100 sports scholarships each year.

Chicken is cooked outside the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday evening for the Kendall Central School Sports Boosters Chicken BBQ.

Inside the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria, members of Kendall Central JV and Varsity Sports teams assemble the BBQ chicken dinners.

Stacey Esposito, left, enjoys a chicken BBQ with sons Jacob, 14, and Joshua Esposito, 11, prior to open houses held at both the Jr./ Sr. High School and Kendall Elementary School. The Espositos live in Kent. Jacob is entering ninth grade and Joshua is entering sixth grade.

Both the Kendall Jr./Sr. High School and the Kendall Elementary School were open Thursday evening, allowing students to find their classrooms and meet their teachers before school officially begins on Tuesday, Sept. 5. They were also able to set up lockers and leave school supplies for next week. Here, Pre-K student Addison Schultz hangs an apple with her name outside her classroom in the Elementary School.

Students and their families filled the hallways at Kendall Elementary Thursday evening. Students were able to drop off supplies at the school, find their classrooms and talk with teachers before classes begin next week.

A clothing exchange was held in the elementary school cafeteria during the open house.

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