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It's the way school starts each fall at Duniway Elementary School -- a family picnic on the campus

DAVID F. ASHTON - In the shade of the Reed College Place linden trees, hundreds of families gathered for this years Duniway Back-to-School Picnic. What started as a celebration of Duniway Elementary School's 90th anniversary, a few years ago, has morphed into an annual tradition – now called the "Duniway Elementary 'Welcome Back to School' Picnic". This year, it took place on Monday, August 26.

"It's amazing how the idea of holding a picnic before school starts has really caught on," mused Principal Matt Goldstein. "It's great to have everyone back, as summer ends."

Families brought picnic suppers, met and mingled with classmates and teachers, and enjoyed live music – all in the shade of the Reed College Place's Linden AllÉe trees.

"When we started it, for the school's anniversary several years ago, we were surprised that families came to the celebration on the playground, even though it was 106° that afternoon!" recalled Duniway PTA Board Member, and picnic organizer, Jeannine Walker. "That's why we moved it to the front of the school, along S.E. Reed College Place – closing the street, making it more like a block party.

"Since it's now held in the cool of the shade, we have 500+ kids and their families coming out, just to be together," Walker observed. "It's fun, because we're more than a neighborhood, we're really a community – one which understands the specialness that we have here at Duniway."


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