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Warm and fluffy on a Saturday morning

A Liberty Ridge Elementary family enjoys some more breakfast with the help of one of their school's teachers. The PTA-sponsored event was held Feb. 7 at the Applebee's restaurant at 10150 Hudson Road in Woodbury. Staff photo by Amber Kispert

Liberty Ridge Elementary families and teachers had an enjoyable Saturday morning Feb. 7 at the Applebee's restaurant at 10150 Hudson Road when they helped themselves to stacks of flapjacks on their plates at the school's pancake breakfast.

The PTA-sponsored event came about because Tina Feuer, the organization's president, thought it would be a fun event for families and teachers, and it would be a nice escape from the cold.

"I thought it would be kinda fun to come up with something new and different that we haven't done before," Feuer said. "I've always liked pancake breakfasts and I just thought something nice and warm in February might be a good idea."

More than 150 people attended the breakfast, which included pancakes, scrambled, eggs and sausage at $6 a plate.

"The kids like being able to see their teachers outside the classroom and being able to see them in a different setting," Feuer said.

"The kids really don't get to see their teachers outside the classroom and I think they only see them as teacher, but when they see them outside the classroom they get to see them as actual humans, as 'actual people.'"

During the breakfast it was written on all of the kids' faces that they were having a good time.

"You can just tell they're fired up, they see their friends and they're waving," Feuer said.

Feuer was pleased with the turnout, although she was hoping for a larger crowd.

"At first, I admit I was a little disappointed, I wanted to have around 200," she said. "But it's understandable with the economy the way it is, it took a little bit of a hit."

Feuer said the event has turned into a great fundraising opportunity since Applebee's is only keeping one dollar of the profits.

"We actually didn't start out using it as a fundraiser," she said. "I thought a pancake breakfast would just be fun and I did it more or less for the fun of it."

As of right now, the PTA doesn't have a set plan of what they want to put the money towards, but they are always looking for new enrichment materials.

Feuer said the PTA will probably continue the pancake breakfast for at least another couple years before trying out something new.

"I like to try new things," she said. "But I also think that when you try something new for the first time, you always have to give it couple more shots to see how it's going to do."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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