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May 18, 2010 > Mission San Jose High holds family festival

Mission San Jose High holds family festival

Submitted By Jerry Ting
Photos By Jerry Ting

Building from last year's success, Mission San Jose High School is excited to present another Family Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 22, on the school's track. The Family Festival is a safe carnival that encompasses a large variety of entertainment, performances, and games, providing a full day of fun for the entire family. Visitors will be able to enjoy euro-bungee jumping, bouncy houses, pony rides, live entertainment, food, games, face painting, and many other attractions for people of all ages.

The concept of a Family Festival was first presented last year by MSJ Activities Coordinator, Ben Breazeale, as a replacement for the Sunol golf tournament fundraiser of previous years. Put on by the Mission High Leadership 2 class, the Festival, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is now the largest and most important fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds benefitting dances, assemblies, homecoming and major school functions for next year.

The Leadership 2 class has reached out to many elementary schools and organizations from around the city in an effort to put on a successful community event. Dressed in Disney characters and passing out colorful flyers around Fremont, students have put in much time and effort to prepare for this event.

MSJ Principal, Sandra Prairie says, "Word of mouth has spread; more parents and children know about our festival. I hope they come out to enjoy the sunshine and a true family event. Our festival is much bigger this year, and we are looking forward to having a large crowd."

As compared to last year, Mission High is investing thousands of dollars more to expand their festival by bringing in many outside contractors and other companies to put on a professional carnival. The upcoming Family Festival will have many more attractions that appeal to a larger variety of attendees.

Multiple committees are currently working to finalize the festival. A large number of performances have been scheduled which include a hip hop dance number, singers, and a Disney character dance. On the menu are Italian sodas, barbeque, cotton candy, and many other refreshments. Games will range from mini golf to milk bottle toss to catching rubber ducks. Awards for games include an assortment of small prizes, inflatable toys, and large stuffed animals.

As May 22 approaches, the Leadership 2 room at Mission San Jose is buzzing with activity in preparation for what is sure to be a highly attractive event. "From a parent's stand point, this is one of the most effective and fun ways of bringing Disneyland to your neighborhood," says Breazeale. "This year we put so much effort into this event. It's definitely going to surpass anything Mission San Jose High School has ever put on and we definitely need the support of the community to aid our cause."

Family Festival/Carnival
Saturday, May 22
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Mission San Jose High School, Track & Field
41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont
(510) 657-3600
www.fremont.k12.ca.us/msjhs

Admission is ten dollars for children's wristband and free for adults.
Tickets can also be purchased in advance by contacting msjasbos@gmail.com.

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