For over 20 years our neighborhood has celebrated the children by having an End of School Year party. We invite everyone in the neighborhood with flyers.
It has been a great success and memory maker. Most children look forward to it every year. We have cotton candy, cookies, popcorn and other treats with drinks. We have had a off duty police car and Fire engine escort the school buses to the party. The school buses go to the usual bus stops first before coming to the party so that every student has the choice to come or not.
Last year we had one little girl get off at the party that had not planned to come. Myself and another mom called her mom and made sure the child was taken home on the school bus. We had handled the situation well and thought it was taken care of. The mother of the little girl then made a complaint to the Davis School District about it. With 20 years of doing the event, we have never had one complaint. The District decided that we could not involved the buses again because of the complaint. This year we put out flyers again, but made sure it was known that the students had to get off the buses at their right stop and then come over to the Party. We had many families complain that some children had thought that they weren't coming to the party this year and were left out! Thanks to one mothers complaint! We still had hundred of families and children there and had a great time. Why is it that one person can hurt it for the majority of the group. I worry that some kids missed out because of it. We want to continue this tradition in our community. Thanks to the Syracuse Fire Department for coming this year and the Normans and all the families that help put on such a wonderful End of School party for our kids!