This year’s Fall Festival at Frontier Elementary School promises family fun with music, a petting zoo, face painting and more.
The event lasts from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and admission costs $2 per person or $10 for a family.
Although the event will raise money for the school, Chris Giarrizzo with Frontier’s newly formed Parent Teacher Organization said that’s not the only intent.
“We’re trying to create a sense of family and community around the school,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity to get outside and bring the kids. There’s going to be stuff for everybody there.”
Bounce in houses and toss some rings. Bid for baskets with themes like movie night, chocolate and family fun at a silent auction. Refuel with hot dogs, hamburgers, nachos, pizza and other carnival treats.
This year marks the PTO’s first full year in existence, and the Fall Festival is one of the first events the group has organized. In the past, teachers have arranged it.
“It’s been great,” Giarrizzo said about response to PTO. “Teachers are excited that parents are getting involved.”
Last year, the group raised roughly $12,000 although it didn’t officially start until January. They bought kindergarten a new playground.
“We’re pretty excited about the possibilities,” Giarrizzo said.
Although the group hasn’t set a fund-raising goal this year, Giarrizzo said she hopes PTO raises about $15,000.
Equipment on the wish list includes a shade structure for the playgrounds, or newer playground equipment for older students. PTO also wants to help the school compensate for any cutbacks. The group also wants to partner with other elementary PTOs and perhaps ultimately conduct joint events or complete service projects together.