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Jackson Cluster community 2nd Annual “Commit to King” Fall Festival

Parkside Principal Foster gets ready to get dunked at 2017 festival. Photo courtesy of Parkside Elementary.
Parkside Principal Foster gets ready to get dunked at 2017 festival. Photo courtesy of Parkside Elementary.

By Rebecca Wallace
Parent and staff volunteers from the six Jackson Cluster elementary schools that feed into King Middle School will once again put on a joint fall festival on the King campus, free and open to the public. The second annual “Commit to King” Fall Festival is Oct. 20 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. With no entrance fee, kids of all ages can enjoy plenty of free activities such as a live DJ, petting zoo, jumpy houses and face painting while paying a nominal fee ($1-$2) for pony rides, a (principal!) dunking booth and video game buses. Also, every feeder school student will also receive a free Jaguar meal at the festival.
“Even with the rain, last year’s event had a great turn out, and we really enjoyed having so many area families visit our campus,” said King Middle School Principal Paul Brown. “The joint festival is a great way for the feeder school families to get to know one another before their students enter middle school, and it’s also a great chance for us to show off our recently renovated facilities.”
The elementary schools that feed into King are Barack and Michelle Obama Academy (Summerhill), Benteen (Woodland Hills), Burgess Peterson (East Atlanta), Dunbar (Mechanicsville), Parkside (Grant Park), and Toomer (Kirkwood). Children of all ages are welcome at the festival.
Sponsored by area organizations and businesses that give to the feeder school PTAs, this year’s event will also be supported by a few Atlanta School Board members that represent the Jackson Cluster, including District 1 Representative Leslie Grant. Their generous donations help to cover the costs of the activities and food and ensure the event is accessible and enjoyable for all.
“The Commit to King Fall Festival is such a great example of bringing our schools together and making the Jackson Cluster stronger,” said Grant.
The event is rain or shine. For more information and the latest updates, please follow the Facebook event found on the Commit to King Parent Group:

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