— By SHARRON HUDSON
MILLSAP – As the school year is well under way, the Millsap Elementary PTO is off to an exciting start! The group already has a project ready to kick off on Sept. 16.
The Big Kahuna Fundraiser is a treat for all buyers as the major products are delicious foods. Of special interest to many are the wonderful cookies and an array of tasty goodies great for holiday and cold weather meals. As the group made a significant funding contribution toward getting the canopy shade over the playground, their plans are to make more improvements to the play area.
The executive board meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. A general meeting follows in the elementary gym, and to top off the evening a student program will be presented. If you are interested in buying any of the Big Kahuna treats drop by the elementary school office or call the school at 940-682-4994.
For those who are gearing up for deer season in November there is going to be a Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunters Education Course at the Millsap Community Center on Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The certified, volunteer instructor will be Alan Walters, who has taught this course to more than 400 people across the state over the last five years. Walters said anyone born after Sept. 2, 1971, who is going to hunt in Texas is required to have a hunters education course. This one-time class satisfies the requirement for all 50 states. It is for those 9 years old and up, with a $20 fee per person. For registration call Walters at 903-456-5264.
The recent meeting of the Millsap Heritage Society was a great time as John Millsaps, a descendent of Fuller Millsaps, for whom our town is named, was the guest speaker. The range of subjects included singer Ronny Millsap, who is a kinsman, one of the Millsaps’ participation in the Battle of the Alamo, and the general boundaries of the thousand acres of land owned by Fuller.
Deaths of various members of the pioneer family were also discussed, and as a special remembrance the Parker County Abandoned Cemetery Association recently put up new gravemarkers at the plots of Fuller Millsaps and two of his children. The cemetery is located at the original site of the cabin that now stands in downtown Millsap. A very informative and enjoyable meeting!
The next meeting of the heritage group will be as a service project to the Garner and Millsap 4H kids. With National 4H week being Oct. 6-12, heritage members are going to host a hot dog roast at the cabin grounds for the youngsters.
4H is the nation’s largest youth development organization with more than 6 million kids. Members enjoy hands-on learning experiences in the areas of health, science and citizenship. We are privileged to have a branch of this organization in our community under the direction of Gera Bruner.
Our Millsap Elementary/Public Library has begun school year hours. Since the library is a part of the Parker County Library Association, cardholders from any of these libraries can go in to pick up or drop off materials that are from the participating libraries. To pick up or drop off materials patrons must first stop by the elementary school office. Library hours are 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Pick up and drop off day is Wednesday. It’s great to have this convenience so close to home!
It’s almost State Fair time again with the dates being Sept. 27-Oct. 20. With the reinventing of last year’s burned down Big Tex the theme will be “The One and Only.” It will be an homage to Big Tex unveiled, and fair organizers are planning a celebration befitting the sweet giant’s return.
There is also a new ride, “The Top of Texas,” with a 360-degree panoramic view of Dallas while traversing a 500-foot tower. Many people from our parts are excitedly looking forward to attending and participating, so maybe these few details will make the anticipation all the more exciting!
It will soon be homecoming time for Millsap schools. A parade for Sept. 22 is scheduled, as well as a community pep rally during that week. Homecoming is Sept. 27. We are very proud of our Bulldogs!
Thanks for reading!
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