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Chili cook-off raises money for local school

TOWN OF BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – A friendly competition was heating up Thursday night as families competed in Brookside Elementary School’s third annual chili cook-off.

Brookside’s newest principal, Bobbi Jo Hatton, says there’s nothing better on a rainy day than a fun contest indoors featuring delicious chili.

“This is comfort food at it’s best out here tonight,” said Hatton.

The event hosted by Brookside’s PTA, featured several parents and teachers dishing out their best recipe.

“Some people come out with a presentation, others it’s about a flavor or a unique recipe. It’s always a great time to try out everything,” said Brookside PTA secretary, Jillian Newby.

It wasn’t all about the food however. Children also had the opportunity to lean fire safety thanks a presentation from the town of Binghamton Volunteer Fire Department.

“October being fire safety awareness month is always on the minds of teachers and part of the curriculum but having the local fire department here tying into some community people coming in is wonderful,” said Hatton.

Parents and faculty say it is a fun way to give back to the school.

“These kind of events are important for building school culture. We really want to see our community together,” said Hatton.

Participants also got to vote for their favorite recipe. The cooks with the most votes received a $20 gift card.

Funds from the cook-off go toward Brookside Elementary’s PTA program, to help pay for school field trips, supplies and future events.

Tyler Brown

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