Kids get their own New Year's Eve party at West End School

Organizers offered food, video games and tumbling mats

December 31, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Wesley Garlock fixes his hat for a picture Saturday night at a Children's New Year's Eve Party at the former West End School on West Washington Street in Hagerstown.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Free pizza. Video games on a 60-inch television.

It was a kid's New Year's Eve dream come true.

Organizers of the Children's New Year's Eve Party at the former West End School on West Washington Street in Hagerstown said they hoped at least 25 children would show up to enjoy the festivities.

"We plan on doing this every year and hope to grow," event organizer Linda McCauley said. "It's just something for the kids. The parents always celebrate — why not the kids?"

The event was held in a large room where the XMD Phase II All Stars cheerleading squad holds its practices. In addition to playing video games, some of the children tumbled on mats and practiced cheers.

Tayai Scott, 16, said she attended the party to hang out with her friends and enjoy the food.

"She comes for the free food," joked Scott's friend, 12-year-old Destani McCauley. "We're gonna dance, play games and eat. We're gonna have fun hanging with my peeps."

Linda McCauley said she tried to host the party last year, but no one responded to her invitations in time to follow through. This year, she said she made fliers, advertised on Facebook and relied on word of mouth to draw people in.

McCauley said the admission fee was $10 to cover the cost of the food and party favors.

A handful of local businesses helped make the party possible.

McCauley said Martin's supermarkets donated gift cards, and Rent-A-Center loaned them the 60-inch television.

Hagerstown resident Mary Kline said she brought her 9-year-old daughter, Chasey, to the party so she could have a good time with her friends.

"I think it's great," Kline said of the party. "It's bonding time ... It offers something for them to do. It's a celebration time for them to bring in the New Year."

Linda McCauley said the children were going to watch the ball drop on Times Square at midnight.

The event was scheduled to end at 1 a.m.

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