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Staying UP All Night at University Park Elementary

April 2nd, 2014 | by Michelle
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UP All Night chairpersons are (from left) Elisabeth McHugh, Laura Saunders, Amy Pollard and Marcy Simmons.  Photo / UP All Night

Don’t be surprised to see a sea of tents pitched next month on the field beside University Park Elementary School. About 300 preschool children and their dads will be staying overnight in the tents, enjoying a night of fun and games, all to raise money for the school.

Called UP All Night, the sleepover, April 12 and 13, is for fathers and their children who will or already attend the school. UP All Night replaces the popular Spring Market fundraiser the University Park Preschool Association has held for the last few years to raise money for the school.

The new event, modeled after a similar Houston event, called Fathers and Flashlights, was announced in February and sold out with 275 families in only three days, said fundraising chairperson Marcy Simmons.

To date, the event has raised $50,000 in sponsorships, plus the registration fees of $60 for the fathers and $50 for the children. All proceeds go to the school to enhance technology and buy supplies.

“We are ecstatic with the overwhelming interest in our new fundraising event for UP and its families,” said Meegan Cramer, UPPA President. “We’re looking forward to building on the success of the event year after year.”

While the tents are pitched on the school’s field, the children and fathers will take part in activities in Curtis Park that include fishing, crafts, running a giant obstacle course, climbing a rock wall, playing with hamster balls and bounce houses and a camp circle sing-a-long. As the sun goes down, a disc jockey will provide an hour-long dance party before the children settle down for some stargazing through telescopes.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is sponsoring the photo booth and will provide glow necklaces in the children’s backpacks. uppa.org/upallnight

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