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posted Oct 25, 2011, 7:45 PM by Deanna Nichols   [ updated Nov 2, 2011, 8:56 PM ]

~ Deanna (Jenkins) Nichols, '89

Riddle.  Where have you been when by the end of the day, you can say you have listened to a live outdoor strings concert, entered a silent auction bid towards a giant apple pie and Christmas-shopped in a gymnasium full of local vendors selling assorted ornaments and crafts?   If your immediate reply was…“Shopper’s Day”, then historically speaking, you would be right!  You might stand to be corrected by any present-day Faith-er however.  This traditional event, now being pegged the Faith Community Festival has seen a transformation of sorts, two years running.

The name change happened to better define the school’s purpose in hosting the event.  Marla Weisser of the PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) shares,  “Several new families have asked me the question, ‘What is Shopper’s Day?’”  Kim Johnson had been one of those new parents who felt the day could be promoted in a different way without changing what everyone loved about it.  In seeking to encourage participation by the entire school community, members of the planning committee headed by Activities Coordinator, Cheryl Roldon and Kim Johnson chose to emphasize a festival-feel over “just shopping”.  Elements of the former Shopper’s Day were hardly changed up since many families have grown to love the day and all it entails (snow cones, dunk tank, silly string)!  With the addition of a fine arts festival nestled in the shade of Tipunan Courtyard and a whole-school assembly held in Cadd Theater, Faith Community Festival was all that was hoped for... and more!

High school students were able to raise funds for their class budgets by offering select exhibits and games for families.   A petting zoo sponsored by a Faith family helped out the Sophomores.  Parrots, ducks, iguanas, even a giant python were included in the mix of exotic pets on display.  Paintball and a Jumpy Castle were popular, as well as The Jail, an “old-school” fundraiser brought back by an alumni parent for the Senior Class.

“…Because there are only a few occasions each year for an all-school assembly, (Opening Day and Graduation to name ‘the few’)”... Tom Hardeman and members of the PAC proposed a culminating event for the festival “…where the community can join together for a time of fellowship and worship.”  Not only is this memorable day still a day for shopping and family fun, it has also become a day for thanksgiving and praise to the God we serve.

(Photo contributions by Don MacKay)

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