The following was submitted by Rebecca Kovrlija, Community Outreach Chair for the Dover PTO:
At this year's Dover PTO booth, over 200 children enjoyed playing a variety of games and winning prizes. But, if you asked anyone in the assembled crowd, the highlight was dunking a favorite Dover celebrity. This fun and very popular event was made possible by the generosity of four local sponsors and over 60 volunteers, including Chickering parents and students.
Dover personalities braving the dunk tank included Chickering Assistant Principal Deb "Riptide" Reinemann, Dover Selectman Jim Dawley, also known as "The Black and Blue Swan," School Committee Member Karl "Jumping Jellyfish" Johnson and Police Officer "Hightide" Harry Grabert.
"We have to thank our wonderful cannonball team. Without these good sports, we wouldn't have attracted such a large crowd" said Katie Hennessy, who helped coordinate the event.
Said Deb "Riptide" Reineman, as she prepared to sit over the water, "It's for a good cause, right?"
Besides dunking Chickering Teachers "Heave Ho" Harte, Steve "Waterproof" Wadness and Brianna "Mind Over Matter" Moro, children competed in games such as Supersize Connect Four, the Hula Hoop Toss and the Lollipop Tree, earning tokens to trade in for prizes.
With their tokens, children chose from a selection of over 1,000 prizes including mood rings, pop up frogs, sticky hands, secret message pens, and glow-in-the-dark jewelry.
Special thanks to event organizers, booth volunteers, the Dover Fire Department, and this year's dunk tank sponsors RDS Performing Arts, Coach Pete Sylvester, H.Y.P. Studios and exoHome.
Proceeds from the Dover PTO Booth will help fund enrichment programs, scholarships and equipment at the Chickering School.