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Kingsland School Celebrates First Year with Free Laker Fest

Face painting is one of the many free activities for kids at Kingsland School's Laker Fest on April 22.

KINGSLAND — As the first year of the new Kingsland School draws to a close, officials, parents, and students want to celebrate — with the whole community.

“We’re throwing a party celebrating a very successful first year,” Kingsland School Principal Meloni Puishes said. “The community has been so supportive of the school. We just want to invite them out as well.”

On Saturday, April 22, the Kingsland School Lakers are hosting Laker Fest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the campus, 136 Real St. The event is free to attend, and everyone is invited.

“It’s our spring festival,” Puishes explained. “We want to get the community to come out and learn what we’re about.”

Each grade is hosting different activities such as the kindergarten class setting up a face-painting booth. (The kindergartners aren’t the ones doing the face painting.)

Parents of the first- and second-grade classes haven’t revealed to Puishes what they plan to do.

“It’s a surprise, they told me,” Puishes said. “And you know how principals love surprises.”

They don’t, but Puishes is rolling with it for Laker Fest.

Along with a variety of fun activities, which are free for children, Laker Fest will offer concessions, including pizza.

The Burnet Gunfighters will be on hand to perform a Wild West Show at 10:30 a.m.

Door prizes will be given away and local craft vendors will have booths set up selling handmade items. Other booths will offer health information. The Seton Care-A-Van, a mobile medical center, will be at the event as well.

Representatives from area law enforcement, EMS, and fire departments will also make appearances.

A public charter school, Kingsland School opened last fall with classes for kindergarten through sixth grade. It is accredited through the Texas Education Agency, funded by state tax money, open to the public, and tuition-free.

On the heels of a successful year, Kingsland School is adding seventh grade next fall. The plan is to continue growing until the campus offers classes through the 12th grade.

As for registering, Puishes said the school has a few spaces left, but not many.

“It’s always good to call and check,” she added.

Go to kingslandschooltx.org or call (325) 388-0020 for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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