Getting into the fall spirit at the JCC

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Melanie Litwin

On Sunday, Oct. 15, the JCC hosted a fall festival for the community. Mostly pre-school aged children from Scotch Plains and Fanwood came to enjoy a fun-filled day of various seasonal activities. The event was staffed by both adults and teenage volunteers, many of which are students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
The festival provided a range of different activities for the children that attended, including, but not limited to, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crafts, gaga, a rock wall, snacks, pony rides, and a petting zoo. Kids were eagerly running around with looks of pure excitement spread across their faces.
SPFHS students were among the volunteers that took hours out of their Sunday to come bring joy to these children. They got the opportunity to give back to the community and take on the responsibilities that came with helping run the festival.
“The festival was very successful and had a great turn out,” junior Emily Smulewitz, a volunteer at the festival, said. “It was very family friendly…[and] everyone had so much fun!”
The children, their parents, and the volunteers had a wonderful time at the event. It was a positive experience for everyone involved and allowed community members to connect and spend time together in a fun environment.
At the end of the day, it was safe to say that the JCC’s fall festival was a success and a great way to celebrate the season.