A Frosty Night to Remember
On Dec. 13, Tibbals Elementary was a sprawling oasis of holiday cheer. Families arrived decked out in holiday wear and bounced from activity to activity, pausing to eat a hot dog, corn dog, cookie and/or personally decorated donut. Frosty Night is the name of this annual holiday event.
Murphy resident Jene’ Butler is a member of PTA at Tibbals Elementary as well as the chairperson for family events. Butler explained why this year a silent Santa and gluten free cookies were added, “I wanted to make it an inclusive event for all kids to enjoy.” Silent Santa was held before the event began for children that needed less sensory stimulation.
Mascots from Dunkin’ Donuts and Chick-fil-A were fun additions to the festive event. Dunkin’ Donuts provided a very popular donut decorating station. Face painting, decorating ornaments, ugly sweater fashion show/contest, bounce houses and photo opportunities kept the gathering merry and bright.
Regarding why she volunteered to help with this event, Butler said, “I always like to volunteer my time to the school and the community. The family events help bring the students and staff together for fun and making memories, especially around the holidays. The school staff and students have become family. It’s my pleasure to do something special for them.”
Butler voiced appreciation for the following people who helped with this event: “I want to thank Chick- fil-A, Dunkin Donuts, my friends, teachers, principal, assistant principal, PTA, my husband, and SU Amazing Food Truck for making this a memorable event. A very special thanks to Nurse Gena and her husband… and to Clint Monroe for volunteering to do the hayride. I also want to thank Poole Feed Supply. They were willing to let us borrow hay for the hayride. These events are not possible without dedicated parents that volunteer their time as well as the principal, teachers, and school staff.