Tradition has it that on the weekend prior to Halloween, High Island Schools have their annual "Fall Festival and PTO Fundraiser" and this year was not much different.
There were a couple of surprises however both welcomed by the children, parents and visitors. The school did not charge the customary few cents per game and activity but put up a small coffee can for donations.
Families who lost most of their homes and/or contents brought cakes, soda and gifts and along with the Cardinal Club, who also lost a years income from the cancelled Winnie Rice Festival, made hot dogs, drinks and chips for everyone to enjoy.
The big surprise was the arrival of the kind folks from Maddisson Christian Fellowship who brought a trailer load of boxes filled with very nice clothes, shoes and accessories all marked with sizes and ages of the contents. It was a well received gift considering lots of our neighbors are working at odd jobs simply because their former places of work are either gone or still damaged beyond operation.
Following the festival the community lined the football stadium parking lot with cars, trucks and vans for our "First Annual Trunk or Treat, which was a smashing success. Debris on the streets made it dangerous for our children to walk at night and except for the very active mosquitoes, the event was perfect.
Both events are evidence of the power of the community and
Superintendent Paula Quick's determination to bring things back to normal regardless of the size of the task.
Jake & Shari Angelo