Hidalgo Fall Festival

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A member of the Brawley Police Explorers lets Damian Zuno age 8 use the microphone in a police car.

BRAWLEY – Laughter filled the Hidalgo School halls at the last of the Brawley Fall Festivals before the beginning of the winter holiday season.

Face paintings, cake walks, a haunted house, kettle corn, and a goody-stuffed piñata coupled with plenty of food and games kept everyone in festive spirits. The Angry Birds game booth seemed to be the hit of the night, judging by the constant long lines.

Officer Sanchez, School Resource Officer, parked a police car for people to explore and Brawley Police Explorers from Post 4310 volunteered to answer questions and show people around the car. Reserve Fire Fighter Martin Melendez was also there with a fire truck.

Richard Torres, a parent at Hidalgo School, says that the community here is “pretty close knit”, and when asked about his kids volunteering for the night, he said, “the teacher called up and asked if they could”. His sons, Richard Torres Jr, Captain of the Safety Patrol, and Estevan Torres, Vice President, both volunteered to help with booths and putting everything together after school.

Karen Gallegos, the secretary of the Parent-Teacher-Organization said, “It was really neat to see parents, teachers, and kids come together for the kids.”

The Fall Festival was organized by the Parent-Teacher-Organization along with their Principal David Ramos to raise money for the school. The PTO’s main goal is to help fund school trips and supplies. Gallegos also said, “this is another opportunity to give the kids something to do”.

The principal, David Ramos said, “This is a family event for kids to have fun. I really appreciate the parents and their hard work putting this together.”

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