A huge cadre of children, parents, teachers, and staff attended Amidon PTA Back-to-School Night on Sept. 9 at Nationals Park. In what has become an annual tradition, the Nationals have partnered with Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and the PTA to make Back-to-School Night a fantastic success.

This year, family night at the school took place from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and then many families and teachers walked over to the Nationals Park to watch the Nats take on the New York Mets. Early in the game, Bryce Harper hit a home run that landed in the bullpen—really close to our section. For a moment, many of the children raised their hands to try and catch the ball. The kids also managed to convince “Terrance” the Nationals’ crowd-pleasing cheerleader to spend some time in our section.

It was also $1 Hot Dog Night, so everybody could enjoy a Nats dog. Of course, the Racing Presidents had a special $1 Hot Dog–themed race where a giant mustard-covered hot dog popped out of the box near the finish line, causing all but Teddy to faint. Because of the 7:05 p.m. start time, many of the kids did their homework before going to the game and were able to stretch their bedtime into the late innings—with many staying past the seventh inning stretch.

While the Nats season is coming to an end, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School and the PTA appreciate the support of the Nationals. Go Nats!

By: Martin R. Welles, Esq.

President, Amidon PTA

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