Schoolfest raises more than $100,000 for the school. The kids love it, they participate and are excited about it, which is significantly better than having to go out and sell candy, candles and wrapping paper door to door. The festival runs from 11-4 and features games, some rides, cake walk, silent auction, raffles, food from local restaurants, performances from local dance/singing groups, and a chance for the kids to run around and have a great time with their friends, family and teachers. The whole school plus many parents have been working for a year, and the kids have been preparing since the first day of school.
The money raised purchases things like sun shades for play structures, ipads for classrooms, technology training for teachers, school improvements and so much more. The kids and their classrooms directly benefit from this, and it is something that makes our school great. In fact, I've talked to 2 separate people (random strangers) recently who said they moved to our community specifically for the schools.
Now, the festival is a big undertaking, and I often have a hard time committing to volunteer the day of (due to schedules, traveling husband, etc.), but I always commit to at least an hour of volunteer time plus helping before the event because my kids directly benefit from it. It's pretty amazing to see the whole community come together to support education, and it's a great way to get to know other parents in the community.
If you are a parent at the school, I encourage you to take an hour for our school festival and volunteer. This is a great opportunity for working parents who can't otherwise help at the school during the week. If you are a community member, I encourage you to bring your kids or grandkids for a couple hours of fun. All the money directly benefits the children in our community, and nothing is more important than educating our kids. Plus, it would be really sad if we couldn't fund some upcoming improvements for the school because we didn't raise enough money!
So, come join us next Saturday, October 19!