'Back to School' at Llewellyn Elementary in Westmoreland means a community picnic

DAVID F. ASHTON - Welcoming everyone at the Llewellyn Elementary School back-to-school picnic were PTA Board Hospitality Chair Erin Hughes, PTA President Alisa Grammer, and Principal Joe Galati. Ending the first week of school on Friday, September 7, Llewellyn Elementary in Westmoreland welcomed parents and students back into the halls of learning – on the playground, with a picnic.

"Here, at our back-to-school picnic, families renew acquaintances and meet other parents, and kids get to know their classmates better," explained the event's organizer, Llewellyn PTA Board Hospitality Chair Erin Hughes. "We also invite neighbors to come by and bring a picnic supper or purchase food, and join the activities here our playground!

"Most importantly, this gathering at the start of our school year helps relieve any tension kids have about returning to school, and shows that this is a fun, friendly place to go."

Llewellyn Principal Joe Galati was too busy to talk as he kibitzed with his students, but he was smiling from ear to ear.

"The best part of the picnic, for me, is seeing our community come together; seeing returning faces, and meeting new families coming into our school for the first time," remarked the school's PTA President, Alisa Grammer.

The few raindrops that fell after the picnic was underway didn't dampen the spirits of any adults at the picnic; and clearly, the kids didn't notice them at all.

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