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Fall fest gives students, parents time together
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Students, parents, volunteers and staff mill around the games provided at the festival. - photo by Photo by Seraine Page
On Friday evening, parents wandered around the grassy field in front of  Frank Long Elementary School watching their children play, laugh and enjoy the sunny day.
For the past 15 years, Frank Long Elementary has held a fall festival as a fundraiser and lively cool-weather event for students and their families.
Single father Errol Wilkins said he loves when the school puts on events like the fall festival.
“Being a single parent, every time I can, I try and come out with my daughter to these events,” he said of his second time attending the event.
He smiles while watching his daughter Elisia, 7, pounce around in the moonbounce house.
The evening event generally always draws a big crowd, said Principal Judy Hellgren who expected about 300 people to show for the event.
“It is nice that we can get together in a setting that’s not academic,” she said of the event.
Proceeds from the tickets will go toward school supplies for needy children and the maintenance of the school website, said Hellgren.
Beanbag tosses, hayrides, moonbounces and fishponds were among the 17 games that staff members set up for the event.
Event-goers purchased tickets for 50 cents each, and then traded them in for any games or food items available.
Hamburgers cost three tickets. Nachos and cheese were two tickets and a salty bag of popcorn cost just one ticket.
“I think it is wonderful for the kids,” said Wilkins. “The kids are enjoying themselves. It’s nice.”

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