Millburn Education Foundation Hosts First Annual Fall Festival
Monday, September 23, 2013 • 6:37am
MILLBURN, NJ- On September 21, Millburn High School hosted the first annual Fall Festival, an event created by the Education Foundation to raise money for the seven schools located in the town. Taking place in front of the school before Millburn’s first football game against Livingston, the event ran for three and a half hours, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Amy Talbert, the president of the Education Foundation, was quite pleased with the results of the event. “We wanted to do something to welcome students and parents back to school, and we thought that since the strawberry festivals have been so popular that we could get that energy and make a fall festival,” she stated.
After conceiving the idea of a fall festival, the Education Foundation prepared for five months in order to organize it. Other members of the board who organized this event included Simon Westfall Kwong, Shannon Aronson, Debby Rieder, and Sheila Bouri.
“The purpose is to have something fun for the whole community to do,” said Rieder. “All the money that’s raised today will help raise programs in all seven of our schools.”
Featuring performances made by local talents Anya Parker-Lentz, 90 Slope, the MHS Dance Company, and JaJo, the Fall Festival attracted people of all ages from the community. Amusement park rides, a petting zoo, and a rock climbing wall were among a few of the many attractions that were seen at the festival.
People of all ages from around the community came to the event, expressing satisfaction at the festival. “This is great, we’re having a wonderful time!” said Elizabeth Henry, the mother of children who will attend Millburn’s elementary schools. “It’s very nice. I drove by and saw this, and we’re having a great time.”
“I’m so excited that the weather is holding up and that I’m seeing a lot of families of different ages,” commented Talbert. “We donated more than $200,000 to the school this past summer, so we are definite forces helping parents and students and enhancing the curriculum.”