Trailside celebrates the end of an era
Children ran from bouncy houses to a dunking booth with snow cones and cotton candy in their hands while their parents set up towels on the grass to soak up the sun as they ate barbecue. The Trailside Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization put together another successful End of the Year Carnival to celebrate with students and their families.
Trailside’s PTO Vice President of hospitality Amy Renola said it is something they do every year, so they have become a well-oiled machine when it comes to planning the event.
"We start planning about two months ahead and get a committee going," she said. "Epic Bounce House is here and brought the snow cones and cotton candy, and Cooper Wynn is a great deejay in town who comes and emcees this for us every year."
Liz McCaffrey assists Renola in planning the event and said they make sure to hire as much help as they can so parents do not have to volunteer. That way, they can enjoy time with their children and other parents at the last school event of the year.
Spencer’s BBQ provided hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and barbecue chicken as well as beverages. Renola said this is the second year the barbecue booth has served Trailside families.
Next to Spencer’s BBQ booth was a Park City Fire Department fire truck with the ladder lifted 50 feet up into the air. The firefighters helped with the first egg drop competition at the carnival, which students signed up to participate in during the previous several weeks at school.
Ann Futch and Stephanie Obradovich helped organize the event in which students had to create protective casing for an egg that was to be dropped from the top of the fire truck ladder. They were allowed to use anything but parachutes or Styrofoam.
The children got creative with their entries, some of them wrapping their egg in towels, packing the egg in a jar of peanut butter or stuffing it in a plastic container filled with marshmallows. One student even placed their egg in the middle of a grapefruit and taped it shut.
While the crowd cheered as students ran to find out whether their eggs had survived the fall or not, Principal Kathleen Einhorn spoke about her last day at Trailside Elementary. Beginning July 1, Einhorn will become the Park City School District’s Associate Superintendent.
"It was really bittersweet, lots of really happy, fun moments," she said. "It was kind of sad to see all the kids go, but I’ll be just around the corner. I’ll make sure to drop by every now and then next year."
Tonya Bastick, a member of the Trailside PTO and mother to three students at the school, said she is happy Einhorn was promoted but sad not to have her at the school anymore.
"She was such a hands-on principal, and you could always talk to her. She had a very ‘open door’ policy," she said. "We’re looking forward to change, but we’ll miss Dr. Einhorn. But she’s still working in Park City for these students, so we’re very happy she will still be around."
Einhorn’s time at Trailside is over and students are now out for the summer, and Einhorn is optimistic for next school year under the guidance of her replacement, Robin Williams.
"She is very, very smart and has a lot of great experience not only from Logan but also from Alaska," she said. "Any time you bring in somebody new, who has had other experiences, it will strengthen the administration. I think she will be great for this school."