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ECHS Hosts Fall Festival Fundraiser

Early College High School hosted a Fall Festival fundraiser full of activities for the community. The campus organizations came together to offer a family photo booth, face painting, three-legged race, hotdog eating contest, fishing for treats, sponge tosses and more. 

“The Junior Class Officers originally started planning this event as a fundraiser for prom but with an event like this, we quickly realized that it would be a good idea to open it up to the other clubs and organizations at this school,” said Brittany Anderson, ECHS teacher. “We ended up with National Honor Society, Student Council, TAFE, junior and senior class officers, the American Sign Language club, and yearbook students all pitching in to help bring it together, as well as some parents and others from the community.”

Partners including Kona Ice, SubZero, Chapman’s Charms offered food and information booths from ECHS, Air Force, Army, Marines and more. ExxonMobil donated 200 hotdogs to the contest.

“The students were a major help in planning, organizing, and working the festival. Because we don't have sports at our school other than intramural sports, their clubs and organizations are a major part of their extracurricular activities,” said Anderson. “They seem to really enjoy getting to participate in these kinds of events.”

Community service is a graduation requirement for ECHS students, which led to the idea of making the entrance fee canned and nonperishable food, as a way of giving back to the community. The food collected was donated to the Hope Food Pantry which is part of the Surviving Parents of Southeast Texas nonprofit organization. 

“My hope for this fall festival is for it to grow with every year that passes and to also help the community see what our program is about and the opportunity that the elementary and middle school students have at this school,” said Anderson. “Even though we may not have things like band and sports, we do offer other fun activities and events as well as the opportunity for our students to graduate from high school with an associate's degree.”

“Overall I believe it was a success, we were able to give back to the community, raise a little money for the different organizations, get the word out about our program, and most importantly it was fun for the students,” said Anderson. ”They have already started asking me if we could plan another one for the spring.”