WAVERLY — The Comm hosted yet another Valentine’s Day party inside the gymnasium on Feb. 10. Like most children’s events at the Comm, this party was free of charge. However, non-perishable food donations were accepted from any party-goer who opted to give. Those foods foods, which included canned goods and pasta, were donated to the United Neighborhood Center in Northeastern Pennsylvania to give to low-income youths, families, and seniors.
“It’s always a wonderful event,” said Clarks Summit resident Kristen Strong, who came to the party with her 5-year-old son Patrick and her two-year-old son Garrett. “The Comm is always doing something for the community.”
The Strongs love coming to the Waverly Comm for the children’s events. This time, the boys enjoyed the Valentine’s Day treats, games, and activities the Comm had to offer.
Abington Heights High School students, who are members of the National Honors Society, volunteered to regale the children with many stations of Valentine’s Day games and activities. Volunteer Evan Cummings handed Cupid arrows to kids who threw them into a red bucket, offering a new game this year. Seven-year-old Emily Snyder from South Abington Twp. enjoyed many rounds of this game.
“I love it,” she said about the party. “It’s a very nice event.”
A returning game from previous years was Valentine tic-tac-toe, in which kids pressed Xs and Os (or in this case, hugs and kisses) onto a large, Velcro heart. Student volunteers Joshua Parfrey and Ryan Salony helped kids play this game.
Abington Heights students Sky Smith and Ashlynn Fitzgerald volunteered to show children how to make a Valentine’s Day card for a loved one.
“I loved helping out with the kids,” said Smith.
“Working with the kids was really enjoyable,” Fitzgerald added.
Kids also learned how to make a Valentine crown, which they then wore. They glued decorations such as hearts, Xs, and Os to the hats.
Families who attended this event also got to enjoy Valentine treats while relaxing on tables with heart candy vases as centerpieces. Treats included cookies, cupcakes, and pretzel sticks dipped in pink frosting. Some were free while others were offered for purchase to raise funds for the United Neighborhood Center.
Kids also decorated their own Valentine’s Day cupcake with frosting and sprinkles at a stand supervised by students Ellie Wright and Kaylee Salony.