Reconnecting at the CandyLand Fair
Once again, this past October, enthusiasm mounted on campus in the weeks preceding the joyful, Curtis Fair. Parent volunteers transformed the campus into Curtis CandyLand, with monster-sized, colorful wrapped candy hanging from trees in the circle and quad. Despite the local fires in the days leading up to the event this year, the school was able to move forward with the Fair. This beloved Curtis tradition is symbolic of the creativity, collaboration, and energy of our volunteer community. [Photo: Jaren Savage '11 at the CandyLand booth.]
On Fair day, the Cougar Cafe Alumni Booth was a homebase for Curtis alumni, who stopped by to reconnect, look at old yearbooks, and enjoy boba tea and snacks in between games and rides. The booth comes to life because of the volunteer efforts of committed teachers who are passionate about reconnecting with their former students. This year, three amazing longserving teachers welcomed alumni: D’vora (Debbie) Taus-Kahn (6th Grade), Ashley Kolbe (3rd Grade), and Susan Nihiser (1st Grade).
We had visits from multiple generations. Father and son Kiki ('70) and Reece ('14) VanDeWeghe stopped by and spent some time sharing photos from their respective yearbooks. We were able to pull Kiki VanDeWeghe’s yearbook from 1970 from archives for this special photo. [Photo: Reece and dad Kiki with their 6th grade yearbooks.]
Tommy Choi ('08), who attended with Max Rothman ('08), was inspired to come to the Curtis Fair because of the school’s Instagram post (follow us on facebook.com/curtisalumni
and on Instagram @curtisschoolalumni). When asked what it was like for him to be back on campus at Fair, Tommy shared, “Amazing. So heartwarming. It brought me back to when I first came to the Curtis Fair in DK when I was five. I still remember all the joyful memories associated with this place.” As a result of reconnecting with his former teacher, “Ms. T-K” (Taus-Kahn) at Fair, he is back on campus this year, helping mentor students on the Debate Team. As Ms. Taus-Kahn shared that day, “I look forward to the Fair each year because I love working at the Alumni Booth and getting to see my former students. I care about them and want to hear about their lives and how they are growing and evolving as people.” [Photo: Max and Tommy at the Cougar Cafe.]