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Brock Elliott, Stella Brockman stage fall harvest celebrations
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From left, Victor Elijah, Trey Richer, Jacob Bier, Elias Yousif, and Christopher Mart worked the haunted house at the harvest festival carnival sponsored by the Brock Elliott School PTA. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT

Students and their families came out in strong numbers to attend fall events at Brock Elliott School and Stella Brockman School on Tuesday.

In both cases, proceeds went directly back to the classrooms for supplies and class field trips. At Stella Brockman’s fourth annual Fall Festival, some of the money will help defray cost for students scheduled to attend this year’s science camp.

So says Principal Candace Espinola, who credited the leadership students and teachers for organizing the games and booths at the event held in the school’s multi-purpose room.

“We try to schedule the Fall Festival before Halloween to allow for our kids to wear their costumes to school,” she said.

Highlights of the evening included the costume contest as judged by a distinguished panel – try Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion, Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters, and Manteca Unified Senior Director of Elementary Education Cheryl Meeker – and a surprise flash mob performance by sixth-grade students.

“They’ve been working on their dance moves to the tune of (the Michael Jackson classic) ‘Thriller,’” Espinola said.

Candies were donated by the families of students and were distributed as game prizes.

At Brock Elliott, the Harvest Festival always attracts students and families in large numbers, according to Principal Debbie Ruger.

“Our survey had it as everybody’s favorite event of the year,” she said.

Students not only played carnival games, but they had a chance to venture into the haunted house, take part in the costume parade, and grab “Trunk or Treat” candies from the cars parked in front of the school.

Ruger noted that the event used to be held later in the school year prior to its pre-Halloween scheduling.

“Since we moved it to the fall our attendance has been much stronger since we’re no longer competing with the (organized) youth sports,” she said.