Mayfield gives students and dads a Mexican fiesta
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South of the Border Dads’ Night
DANCING along to a Zumba workout routine led by Mayfield Elementary School PTO President Kelly Reis, girls enjoy one of the activities at the school’s South of the Border Dads’ Night.
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Furthering the tradition of inviting parents to share in activities with their children at school, Mayfield Elementary School hosted a Mexican fiesta for students and their fathers.

The South of the Border Dads’ Night event included various themed activities students and their dads or other father figures took part in, as they learned more about the Mexican culture.

Attendees had the chance to swing at piñatas, eat servings of a traditional Mexican chili, practice their geography skills by finding locations on maps, take part in a themed craft project, fit in a Zumba dance workout and listen to a live mariachi band.

Mary Ann Poplin, school art specialist, and Cheryl Gilbert, school music specialist, wrote an Arts in Education Grant to have Mariachi Aventurero, a Mexican mariachi band from Dalton, Ga., perform for the event.

The Mayfield parent teacher organization also contributed funds to make the event happen, and the event’s food was provided through Title I funding. Parent coordinator Hillis Cavendar and other faculty and staff members planned and donated their time and talents to make the event a success.

More than 300 student and parent attendees took part in the event’s festive activities.