Students at Grant Elementary may soon be out of toilet paper and soap, according to boosters at the school.

With efforts to fund these basic needs, Grant is inviting residents to come to the Fall Festival and help raise the school’s cashflow.

The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the school grounds from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Due to devastating budget cuts, our school continues to struggle to make ends meet,” Alan Friedenberg, Grant Elementary School principal said. “During the last two years, our PTA spending exceeded its budgeted funds to help make up for the shortfall.”

Parent leaders at Grant created the festival for that very reason. Money raised at the festival will help the school upgrade several programs, including computer and technology, health and safety and academic support, in addition to covering bare necessities like toilet paper.

“Our PTA used to be about icing on the cake,” Kim Moran, Grant PTA president, said. “Now we’re about the cake.”

The festival will feature rides, game booths, petting zoos and various food vendors, as well as a Halloween cake decorating contest and bake sale. Entertainment will be provided by dancers, a continual magic show and the band Mad Men. Sponsors of the event include Menchie’s, Bob’s Market, Wells Fargo and Sunset Park Realtors. For further information, visit www.smmusd.org.

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