Hearst Elementary cancels Fall Festival, cites lack of volunteers

Event scheduled at same time as Friday night's football game between Foothill, Amador Valley high schools

Hearst Elementary School's Fall Festival has been canceled this year after the school was unable to find enough volunteers to run the event, school officials announced Friday afternoon.

The free festival was scheduled for next Friday at the school, and dinner, a cake-decorating contest and carnival games were planned. The event would have held at the same time as Friday night's football game between crosstown rivals Foothill and Amador Valley high schools.

"The decision to cancel was not made lightly," Hearst principal Elias Muniz said in an email to parents. "It takes many helping hands to successfully run a school event. Thank you to those that had already signed up to volunteer. Unfortunately, we still fell short of the numbers needed to fully staff the Fall Festival."

He said the festival, which happens regularly at the school, requires more than 100 volunteers.

He said the school is planning to have a fall festival next year, and plans are in the works for a spring festival in 2016.

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Posted by Sandy
a resident of Avignon
on Nov 2, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Why is this news?

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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Nov 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm

It is news since this has been a major school event for many years. It brings families together and was always highly attended. It is also news as hopefully it alerts parents they need to participate and support their school and that the school needs to attract parent volunteers.

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Posted by Hearst parent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 2, 2015 at 8:46 pm

I volunteered and now get a Fri night back. It's fine. I didn't feel the outreach for volunteers was that strong this year. The date was changed late and there was a note in the Wed folders asking for volunteers, but it was canceled the next day. The room parents asked for volunteers ahead of time for class games, but I didn't hear much about the rest. In the past the high school kids have helped out by volunteering. Maybe this was missing ... It could have worked, but didn't this year. I don't think the parents or students are different. There are a lot of requests for volunteers this time of year and perhaps a few mixups regarding this event.

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Posted by Suzanne
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 3, 2015 at 2:34 pm

why would they schedule it on the same evening as a big football game also a big football game in the Livermore too-the 50th game between Livermores'rivals. You would think festival organizers would have checked their calendars ahead of time.

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Posted by Late to the Party
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Nov 5, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Many Harvest Festivals are held prior to Halloween, by churches, schools, and other groups. These are also nice alternatives to traditional Trick-or-Treat activities that sometimes become an opportunity for less desirable elements of our culture to create problems.

It may well be that the time for this Harvest Festival has come and past and the school's choice of a date was a little late.

With preparations for Thanksgiving and Christmas ramping up at this time of the year, it is understandable that parents may just be "booked up".

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Posted by Karin
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Nov 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

It was originally 10/30 but then people wanted to attend other events and asked to move the event and the week prior was outdoor ed so this was the option. They did all they could. Kudos for the effort.

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Posted by Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 6, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Did a new coordinator take this over this year? Me thinks there is more of a story here.

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Posted by Poor planning
a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Nov 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

Poor planning this year!!! Yes it takes a village but givin proper notice like end of September would have giving parents time. It's sad really that parents are being blamed for this and the school is taking zero accountability. Its also sad that outside influences like country club events take priority over school events. Perhaps if parents knew they needed to step up they would have done so for the children. I hope this isn't the standard for this year and the rest of our time at Hearst. What a disappointment.

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Posted by Just a thought
a resident of Amador Estates
on Nov 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm

I know some people will think my post is ridiculous, but it needs to be said. While dropping my child off, I noticed that all of the advertising posted at the school site showed Caucasion children. Not exactly inclusive and I can see why some parents would be turned off.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 10, 2015 at 7:52 am

not surprising given that sourranding neighborhoods demographics welcome to the new america.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 10, 2015 at 9:37 am

Steve...who are you referring to when you mention "demographics"?

hmmmmmmmmmmmm...are you sneaking out the back door with innuendos...again?

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