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Festival of Trees
Kick off your holiday season on December 1st and 2nd by visiting Reading’s 11th annual Festival of Trees, a winter wonderland of decorated Holiday Trees donated by local families, organizations, businesses and schools that visitors can win for themselves!
Sponsored by the Reading Education Foundation (REF), this signature fundraiser is a wonderful community holiday tradition for adults and children of all ages.
In addition to over 45 uniquely decorated trees, visitors can enjoy face painting, storybook readings, cookie decorating, a scavenger hunt, a silent auction, raffles for a new iPad and American Girl Doll, and performances by area musicians and choruses. Pizza, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
NEW THIS YEAR: Pose for silhouette artist Andrea Peitsch, whose classic, charming portraits make the perfect holiday gift or keepsake.
Visit www.readingEF.org to see a schedule of events and learn more about silhouette pricing and registration. Proceeds from the festival go to REF to fund teacher grants in Reading Public Schools.
Hours: Saturday 12/1 from 12-6pm & Sunday 12/2 from 10-5pm.Tickets: $5/person, $10/family.
More About Walter S. Parker Middle School
Built in 1926, the school was named for Walter Scott Parker, who served on the School Committee (with some interruptions) for over 46 years. He was also on the Board of Library Trustees and was a state legislator and principal at the Bennett School in Boston for many years. The school is a member of the National Turning Points Network, a NELMS Spotlight Award Winning School and a Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse School.
Its mission statement is: "At the Parker Middle School we strive to maintain a school culture that balances a rigorous and engaging learning community with a child-centered environment that honors the individual talents and struggles of every child. We acknowledge that, in the middle school years, our students face some of the most dramatic physical, social and emotional growth of their lives. Thus, it is our responsibility, in partnership with parents, to teach critical skills and provide the adult guidance that will help students grow to lead confident, responsible and productive lives."
There are 47.5 teachers who are all licensed in their teaching assignment. There are 187 classes in core academic areas.
The school's principal is Doug Lyons.