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Rated: E · Non-fiction · Parenting · #2046570
Volunteering to help with my son's Preschool Halloween party was quite the surprise!
When my son was four and in preschool, his teacher needed help with the Halloween party, so I cheerfully volunteered.

In the note sent home to parents, the teacher asked for nutritious treats only, such as popcorn, raisins, nuts or fruit, in favor of the usual cupcakes and other gooey fare.

On the day of the party, parents filed into the classroom, either dropping off their kids, or staying for the party, and were asked to place their party contributions on a designated table.

I was in charge of fixing plates as well as making goodie bags for the kids to take home, so I began emptying shopping bags which were scattered across the table. After assembling all the edibles together, I looked around to see if some of the parents might have misunderstood and placed their bags on another table.

Finally, I motioned for the teacher's aide to come over to the table. "Are some of the parents bringing food later?" I asked.

"Not that I know of. I'm quite certain all the parents who signed up to bring treats already stopped by...why?"

I waved a hand toward the treat table. There before us lay ten bags of popcorn - more specifically - ten bags of cheese popcorn...and nothing else.

We then informed the teacher and asked what we should do. We put our heads together and came up with a reasonable plan. Each of the parents attending the party dug deep in our pockets and pitched in for a couple of us to run out to the store for emergency snacks.

We went to a convienience store and grabbed bags of peanuts, boxes of raisins and packs of gum and hurried back to the party, the kids still unaware.

Even with our make-shift treats, the kids enjoyed the party and there was plenty of popcorn for all!
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