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Chili brings families into school
FLE Cookoff crowd
Students, parents and faculty enjoy the fun and fellowship of the annual Chili Cook Off in the school’s lunchroom Thursday night. - photo by Submitted
Frank Long Elementary School hosted its fourth annual Chili Cook Off Thursday night, bringing in full house and rave reviews from faculty, parents and students alike.
This year, nearly 500 people attended, making this the event’s largest turnout yet.
Principal Scott Carrier said, “Every year we host this special night to get together as a school family and to allow faculty, students, and parents to get to know each other and just have a great time together.  This is definitely the largest crowd we have ever had.”  
There were 25 chili entries this year made by faculty and parents.  For a $1 attendees enjoyed a hotdog, potato chips, chocolate cake, and chili samples.
This year’s judges were Anthony Kloseck, Katherine Crump, Dwanna Boyd, Madeline Fraser, Renee Troup-Clear, and Richie Williams. The judging was based on five categories; taste, consistency, aroma, color and bite.  
The first place winner Janet Parks received a $40 Wal-Mart gift card. Latoya Stallworth won second place and Loni Funston, third. Both received $20 Wal-Mart cards.
The admission money paid for the dinner, enforcing the purpose of the event, to give parents and students an opportunity to enjoy their school faculty and staff outside of the classroom.
"Parental involvement is critical to every student’s success in education," Carrier said.

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