Harvest season games and activities in store, including a pumpkin launch and cornhole

by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Patrick McMahon ad Breeler Mann, seventh-graders at Sauvie Island Academy make parking signs for this weekends Harvest Festival. Sauvie Island Academy will hold its inaugural Harvest Festival on Saturday, Nov. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. at Sauvie Island Academy, located at 14445 N.W. Charlton Road on Sauvie Island. The event will include food, games, music, door prizes and many other harvest festivities.

Admission to the event is free, but Sauvie Island Academy encourages attendees to donate one can of food per family. All donations will be given to the Oregon Food Bank.

Aly Ferris, seventh-grade language arts teacher at Sauvie Island Academy who has been planning the event for the past two months, said she and her students have been working on a unit related to food and societies.

“We’re looking at the social aspect of food outside of just nutrition and how you can learn a lot about different societies based on how they eat,” she said. by: SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: ROBIN JOHNSON - Sauvie Island Academy seventh-grader Sarah Pieper calls a local musician to play at the schools Harvest Festival this weekend.

Although Ferris is heading up the event, her class of seventh-graders is taking the initiative to make phone calls to local businesses and musicians, draw maps outlining the event’s various activity centers, put together parking signs, write up event security rules and more.

When asked what they were most excited about in regard to the event, many students grinned and said, “Pumpkin launch.” Others said they were excited to see how many people show up and how parking will work.

Some of the harvest activities include pumpkin bowling, cornhole, candy donations, cider pressing, a bread give-away, face-painting and a pumpkin launch, wherein gourds will be flung into the sky by an oversized sling-shot.

Ferris separated her students into different groups to take charge of coordinating and managing the event’s various activities.

“It’s a seasonal thing and it’s a good way to get the community to come,” said Gyllian Mullen, a student in Ferris’ class. “It’s a great school and the community should know. The charter school is all about learning about the community, that’s why I love this school.”

“A school is only as good as its community,” Ferris added. “We have a pretty dang good community.”

Ferris said that if all goes well this Saturday, she will work to make the event an annual occurrence.

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