Over 250 people made their way to Hinesburg Community School on Saturday morning, where waffles, face painting, and a moose converged to create a few hours of fun for local kids. The 19th annual Waffle Breakfast, Silent Auction and Winter Fest took place that day, raising money for the Hinesburg Nursery School.
The Hinesburg Nursery School is a nonprofit preschool where the focus is on play-oriented learning and on children developing a sense of themselves while viewing themselves as part of the larger community, noted HNS Board Communications Director Jamie Cudney.
Saturday’s fundraiser involved several components. The waffle breakfast was sponsored by multiple local businesses including Lantman’s Market, Mountain’s Edge Farm, Trillium Hill Farm, and Vermont Smoke and Cure. A raffle took place for a three-night stay at a Lake George cottage, donated by Bob and Anne Mason. A silent auction included such items as toys, local products, ski passes, and restaurant gift cards.
There was also plenty for children to do, including face-painting and crafts. A host of volunteers helped out, with local Boy Scouts and the UVM women’s lacrosse team stepping in to run things. On-hand to keep the morning lively were Mike and the Big Blue Trunk and Monty Moose, the UVM Children’s Hospital mascot. Musician John Daly provided live entertainment.
The event raised about $4000 for the school, with the money going toward classroom improvements and supporting teachers in finding chances to introduce innovative ideas in their classes.
“It was an amazing event that took tremendous planning and hard work from the parent volunteers,” said Cudney, “but the hours of work were worth it when looking around and seeing community connections being made, children burning off energy in the gym with fun activities on a cold February morning and people leaving and commenting on how much fun they had and thanking us for putting on the event.”