Community gathers for Fall Festival

On Oct. 26, the McNicholas Eco Club held a community Fall Festival to celebrate the success of their garden’s first harvest. After weeks of planning, Eco Club members were happy with the success of the event, which was well-attended by all ages, despite the rainy weather.

“I enjoyed seeing our students interacting with the youngsters that came. There were some great costumes! It was also nice to have the sisters of St. Joseph join us to see the results of their donations,” Eco Club Moderator Lauren Wulker said.

Eco Club was also happy to receive lots of positive feedback from those who attended. For the high school students, some of the most popular events were the pie-eating contest and live music, while the younger visitors and their parents enjoyed coming in costume and visiting the tables for pumpkin painting. 

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“It was just a wonderful time where people could come together and socialize,” Business and Technology teacher Barb Gilming said. “It was creative for all ages and Wulker made sure there was something for everyone.”

“I thought it was a great way for McNick kids to come together and invite the community. I think it speaks a lot about the spirit of the kids,” said attendee Jackie Lau who brought her  twelve-year-old. “My daughter’s favorite part was the face painting, and I really enjoyed getting the packet of sunflower seeds at the entrance. I thought it was a nice personal touch and I look forward to planting them at home.”

As promised, the event featured a bonfire, pie-eating and costume contests, a piñata, face painting, and live student performances. And with the help of Cooking Club and Art Club, there was plenty of food and crafts for everyone.

“I think the Fall Festival went well, especially considering it was the first time we’ve done something like this,” Eco Club junior leader Leah Bartel said. “I really hope we can continue to have the Fall Festival every year, and maybe even turn it into a McNick tradition!”

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