Families enjoy food, music and games at Brave Fest

Families enjoy food, music and games at Brave Fest
Posted on 03/09/2018

Hundreds of students, faculty and families made their way to Harlandale Middle School for the second annual Brave Fest on March 2.

More than 20 booths of delicious food and friendly games filled the school’s gyms, cafeteria and outdoor field. Families were seen enjoying hamburgers, turkey legs, corn in a cup, nachos, Frito pie, sausage wraps, paletas, mangonadas, snow cones, funnel cakes and much more.

“This year is bigger and better,” HMS Principal Ricardo Marroquin said. “It took a lot of hard work, but we received support from local sponsors, our PTA and staff. We told all the students to invite their parents, brothers, sisters and even their neighbors. We wanted to do something special for the Harlandale Middle community.”

During the event, children had fun playing in the 40-foot inflatable obstacle course, while others participated in football throws, spin the wheel, potato sack races, cake walk, soda ring toss and face painting.

In addition, visitors were treated to special performances by the school’s choir and Mariachi groups, as well as a surprise performance from the Harlandale Middle cheerleaders. Meanwhile, spontaneous dancing broke out in the gym where the DJ was playing today’s top hits.  

The festival also featured chess games, robotics activities and free books for all ages.

Last year, the event raised more than $14,000 and Marroquin hopes to exceed that this year. He plans to use the money raised to fund various campus projects.

“We’re just very happy with the turnout and the support we’ve gotten from the community,” Marroquin said. “The funds raised will all go towards the school, our students and our beautification projects. We want to make our school beautiful and make it a bright spot in the district.”

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