San Jacinto Elementary hosts third annual Fall Festival
■ By Corey Evan / Reporter
The winds of change have blown into the San Jacinto Valley, sweeping away the summer sun and dropping off cooler temps. But even though summer fun has come and gone yet again, the students of San Jacinto Elementary have found reason to celebrate the changing seasons. They, along with their parents, celebrated the school’s third annual Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 12.
Hundreds of students and their families gathered on campus after school let out for the weekend, not to sit and take notes but rather to have fun together.
SJE teacher Stacy Marnell told us more: “This is our third annual fall festival; It is a great family event…We were fortunate enough to have the firefighters and the police officers come for our community event. We have games, we have food, we have raffles prizes this year, a lot of family fun!”
About 20 San Jacinto High School students showed up to help with the festival, having fun themselves and earning their needed volunteer hours going toward graduation requirements. These students worked in tandem with SJE staff to put on the event, enjoying the experience as well as earning their stripes.
Those who showed up had a choice of over a dozen games and activities, ranging from bean bag tosses to viewing displays by the San Jacinto police and fire departments.
A district-wide celebration, each of San Jacinto elementary campuses hold similar celebrations. District leadership is involved with every one of them. “We’re all really close-knit staff here, and we want to work together!” Marnell says. “We have everyone, all hands on deck.”
The event may not have been about learning why seasons change, but students and their families still came away with one important lesson: Cherish time with one another. Just like the seasons, childhood comes and goes.