Big turnout at Fall Festival in support of Highlands School

Highlands School gym was packed earlier this month for Fall Festival 2019, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Parent Teacher Organization.

From left are Lane Tingen and Taj Roman helping out at Fall Festival at Highlands School on Oct. 5.

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.

Brandy Zagal gets her hair dyed by fellow-student Emma Weller.

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.

Inflatables were on hand to the delight of the younger crowd at Fall 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.”

Editor’s Note: It’s Fall Festival, you do you.

A variety of games were available in the old gym during Fall Festival at Highlands School.

Teachers, faculty, and parents got in on the dress-up action at Fall Festival.

Chris Duffy rocking as MC of the cake walk.

Editor’s Note: Jordan Carrier (holding camera) snaps a pic of me as I take one of them going on a hayride.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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