Highlands School gym was packed earlier this month for Fall Festival 2019, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Parent Teacher Organization.
Fall Festival Chairperson Andrea Chalker said the event raised over $9,000 and has been a tradition for over 50 years.
PTO contributes money towards graduation expenses for the seniors and every teacher that volunteers receives a small donation for classroom materials and supplies. The remaining money is used to fund teachers’ requests throughout the year.
In terms of operations, seniors run the show with support from teachers and parents filling in the gaps where needed.
Also, each classroom creates a theme box for the silent auction. Businesses in the community support the festival by donating raffle prizes, items for the theme boxes, and providing delicious food and snacks for the festival.
“All of this wouldn’t be a success without all the families who come out to enjoy an evening together,” said Chalker. “It is truly a collaborative effort and shows the pride that the entire community has for our school.”