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IN FOCUS: Photos by Maeghan Gibson | Fall Festival at Academics Plus

Jodie Heslep of the Academic Plus faculty “Drives the Tractor” in the Fall Festival Photo Booth.
Jodie Heslep of the Academic Plus faculty “Drives the Tractor” in the Fall Festival Photo Booth.

More than 500 people attended the Academics Plus Charter School Fall Festival, presented by the Noland Family and Lee Tuxhorn State Farm, which took place Nov. 1 outside the school. It was organized by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and was the biggest event the school has ever had.

“It was a wonderful event,” said parent Melanie Conway. “It felt just like being in an old-time Americana painting - something you would say to your grandchildren, ‘I remember when my school used to have Fall Festivals.’”

This year’s festival, which was open to the public, included games organized by classrooms, bounce houses, a rock wall, dunking booth, petting zoo, pony rides, live band “Go 4 Broke,” concessions and more. A silent auction featured many community donations, along with themed baskets donated by classrooms. A live auction included class art pieces designed by elementary art teacher Katie Wilson and her students. Police and fire truck units from the City of Maumelle were on display, and vendors were on site displaying their goods and services.

“The weather cooperated perfectly for our Fall Festival, and the atmosphere was reminiscent of an old-fashioned community fair, which was one of our goals,” said Daren Sweat, one of the event organizers. “We are excited and encouraged by the turnout for our first time ever outdoors, and we hope to build on its success each year.”

For information about the school, contact executive director Rob McGill at 803-9730.

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