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Ooltewah Elementary School hosting final Fall Fest in current location

When Ooltewah Elementary School was built on Lee Highway in 1959 it was considered one of Hamilton County’s most modern schools, since all its classrooms were on one level and the cafeteria and auditorium were built together to form a “cafetorium.”

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Young Fall Fest participants wait to get their faces painted during last year’s celebration. During the 2012 Tedford Family Dentistry OES Fall Fest at Ooltewah Elementary School Nov. 3, all of the school’s classrooms will be transformed into activity centers or game rooms.

Now, some 53 years later, the once modern school isn’t considered nearly as modern as some others in the East Hamilton area. As Ooltewah Elementary School prepares to relocate next school year, this year’s 2012 Tedford Family Dentistry OES Fall Fest, being held Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., will be a celebration of the school’s past and its upcoming future.

“There are a lot of people still living in this area that attended this school and it’s just an opportunity for them to attend this event and reminisce,” said the school’s PTA vice president of fundraising, Deb Cooley.

In addition to inviting alumni back to the campus and providing a special reunion room, all 25 of the school’s classrooms will be turned into carnival events, giving attendees the opportunity to do everything from participate in carnival games to get a funky hairdo. The festival will also provide a silent auction, food, vendors and more. All proceeds will go to the school’s PTA.

“Last year we were able to raise $4,000, so this year our goal is probably $5,000,” said Cooley. “Last year we helped meet some technology needs with that money, and we always try to give back to the teachers to help them with classroom supplies. With it being our last year at this school, we will be careful with how we spend the money to make sure it will transfer to the new school.”

The festival is free and open to the community. Tickets for activities can be purchased for 25 cents each and most require between two and eight tickets, Cooley said. Food and silent auction purchases must be made in cash or another viable tender, she said.

“It’s just going to be a fun time for our kids to come and hang out with one another and have a good time,” said Cooley. “The focus is really on the kids and anyone who attended OES who would like to come in and see the school or the reunion room that will include pictures of past principals, old yearbooks and newspaper articles written about the school.”

For more information visit www.ooltewah.my-pta.org.

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