Volunteers are needed as Plainville Community Schools prepares for its sixth annual Family Fest, slated for Saturday, May 11 at Linden Street School.
“We have some that help with passing out books, directing people where to go, all kinds of things,” said Family Fest planning committee member Caroline Coughlin, adding that all volunteers are welcome.
Donna Cavallaro, coordinator of the Plainville Family Resource Network, an arm of the school district which plans the event, said the Family Fest attracted 1,500 people last year despite it being a rainy day.
“For volunteers, our motto is always the more the merrier. But ideally we would like to have at least 40 volunteers,” Cavallaro said.
This year’s festival will feature a petting zoo, face painting, an inflatable slide, photos with superheroes and Cinderella and a brick-oven pizza truck.
Also, local vendors and craftspeople set up tables with their merchandise and community organizations let families know about the programs available to them.
“The value for the families is … spending quality time with your children, getting them away from the TV, videogames and getting them outside breathing fresh air,” Cavallaro said. “Our mission is to have an admission-free event that is quality family time.”
Cavallaro said organizers focus on bringing in activities that are educational for youngsters and that build connections between families, the school district and community groups.
“We really try to focus on a learning piece of it, too,” she said.
Every child will receive a free book and Cyril the Sorcerer will perform two shows on the magic of recycling and clean water.
Weather permitting, the fire and police departments will be on-site with vehicles for attendees to check out, allowing families to build relationships with first responders, Cavallaro said.
Superintendent of Schools Maureen Brummett said having the festival at Linden Street School allows for the fun to move indoors in case of rain, as it did last spring. Vendors lined the hallways and the gymnasium was filled with a giant train set, acrobatics, basketball and children crawling through a tunnel to save a toy dog, guided by firefighters.
“It’s a positive event,” Brummett said. “Every year it seems to get better and we get more attendees.”