On a beautiful day in mid-June, West Lynn Public School staff, students, and families gathered for the annual Family Picnic, enjoying the warm weather and an al fresco meal on the school’s grounds.
“There’s no formal program or itinerary, it’s just a chance for families and friends to join students and reconnect to what’s truly important – spending time together,” said West Lynn PS Principal Rob Weber. “It really is the perfect metaphor for a healthy, thriving community.”
No one individual can take credit for the picnic’s planning; it’s a joint effort by parents, staff, and community partners all collaborating to bring the special day together. The low-key event invites students’ relatives and friends to take time out of their days, pack up a blanket, and join students on the lawn of the school for the outdoor meal.
At about 11:30 that morning, guests began to arrive, and by noon, the lawn was populated with a diverse group of parents, grandparents, and friends waiting to surprise students. Everyone was willing to share their blankets with any students whose families were unable to attend. West Lynn PS’s parent group purchased popsicles for students and guests to enjoy, and handed them out.
“We all lead very busy lives, so being able to slow down, be outdoors, and share a meal together is really special,” said Principal Weber. “It’s a magical, memorable afternoon for our school community.”
The magic extended to the weather forecast: rain showers occurred on the other side of town, but just missed the picnic.