On Friday, Nov. 19, the Ryan Elementary front loop was packed with something besides buses: scarecrows in fact. Twenty-five to be exact. Homeroom teachers and students had been working on unique scarecrows all week to be displayed at the first Ryan Harvest Fest. Everything from veterans, to Elvis, to a dragon, even the whole wide world!
It’s the first in-person event held at the Ryan since before COVID and was well attended by a crowd that enjoyed being able to come together again.
A friendly competition was held for bragging rights. The categories were: Most Creative, Best Use of Materials, Best Duo, Most Team Spirit, and Overall Winner. Various members of the Tewksbury community were asked to be VIPs and vote on the scarecrows. Firefighters, policemen, a select board member, school committee members, and other town residents all cast their ballots on Friday night. Winners were announced at school on Monday, Nov. 22.
The event was run by the Ryan PAC but couldn’t have been a success without help from a number of other people: DJ Anthony Miano donated his services and kept the crowd moving all night with the help of the Ryan Bulldog. Shh, don’t tell the kids that it was PAC co-chair Kayla Biagioni-Smith in that costume all night. Donna’s Donuts provided donuts for the PAC to hand out, while Mark Kratman donated hot chocolate supplies. The Birds Nest Italian Street Food truck and Puffy Clouds Cotton Candy kept people well fed, with long lines all night. Both the Tewksbury Police Department and the Tewksbury Fire Department were on hand to enjoy the evening. And of course the event could never have happened without the support of Principal Judi McInnis and her amazing staff.
Everyone hopes that this is a new tradition for the Ryan school. Click through some photos and congratulate the winners:
Most creative: Room 115
Best use of materials: Room 115
Best duo winner: Room 5B
Most team Spirit winner: Room 116
Overall winner: Room 120