By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Joyner Elementary students and neighborhood residents converged at the school on Friday night for the second annual “Taste of Joyner” event.
The school’s campus was filled with booths, games and activities for the event, which serves not only as a school fundraiser but also as an effort to link the elementary with its neighborhood.
“This has been a focal point for the fall,” Joyner Principal Kimberly Foster said. “People have been talking about it all year.”
The school’s gym teemed with games and activities for children: a jump rope station, a T-shirt booth, a football throw and a bowling game, among others. Just outside were several inflatables. Romie’s served meals in the school cafeteria, a silent auction of student art was held nearby and a book fair took place in the media center.
Students and adults also participated in a one-mile run through the neighborhood. Max Lawson was the overall winner, while Vince Logan won the boy’s elementary race and Wesley Sumner won the girl’s race.
Jane Clair Shettles, the PTA’s event chairwoman, planned the event with fellow PTA member Leigh Ann Wise and PTA President Heather Wolfe.
Foster said money raised will go toward improving student achievement. She thanked the neighborhood association, PTA and school staff for their help with the event, and also thanked the police and fire departments for their participation.
Leslie Mart, the president of the Joyner Neighborhood Association, said the event is also meaningful to the neighborhood.
“We are pleased we can partner with the elementary school to be able to bring more awareness to the neighborhood and be able to put on something fun and entertaining and healthful,” she said.