Fireworks add spark
STUDENTS at Crystal Creek Public School could soon be working from a new outdoor classroom and have their own vegetable gardens and chickens, thanks to the success of the annual Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday night.
The P&C-run event was aiming to raise $15,000 for a new sustainable living program at the school, president Kelly Plomgren said.
Funds collected on Saturday were still to be tallied yesterday, but if the huge crowds were anything to go by Mrs Plomgren said the money raised would definitely reach more than last year's $13,000.
“We're going to build an outdoor classroom and we're building a chook pen so the kids can sell the eggs to the parents,” Mrs Plomgren said.
“We've also got these massive vegetable gardens going in ... and a recycling and compost system.
“We're going to try to change the school and make it as green as pos- sible,” she said.
“Looking back on it now, we didn't grow up to be aware enough (about the environment) and we don't want our children to make the same mistakes we did.”
The 24th Fireworks Spectacular featured rides and games, entertainment, face painting, a crocodile and reptile exhibition and, of course, the annual fireworks display courtesy of Skylighter Fireworks.
While Mrs Plomgren called it “the best” event yet, she said the P&C was already planning to up the ante next year.
“It was fabulous and hugely successful,” she said. “We haven't done the final tally yet, but I'd say there were between 3500-4000 people there.
“There were people everywhere, and it was a very happy crowd,” she said. “Next year is the 25th anniversary, so it's going to far outdo anything we've done before.”
Mrs Plomgren thanked the P&C team for their efforts in organising the event and also the teachers, parents and local businesses for their support.
The only dampener on the night, she said, was that the school's digital camera had gone missing.
She said the Panasonic FZ18 camera would be useless to anyone without its charger, but had more than 500 images on it taken at the weekend's event.
Anyone with information or who may have picked up the camera by mistake is asked to contact the school on (02) 6679 1223.