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    It’s too easy to focus on what’s wrong with our schools, so the people in the Westover School District are taking time to celebrate what’s right with their schools and their students. On Saturday, Oct. 4, Westover High School will host the 7th Annual Westside Festival from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  {mosimage}
    “The Westside Festival was started by John Smith, who was the principal of Westover High School before me,” said Mark Smith, the current principal. “The purpose of the event is to get the community involved by celebrating the successes of all the schools in the Westover School District.” 
Smith added that the event was not held last year and his students questioned him about why the event was not taking place.
    “It is an event that they like and enjoy,” said Smith. “It was heartwarming for me to hear this from them.”        
    Community officials, Cumberland County school board members and political candidates will be in attendance at the event. The Board of Elections will register voters for the upcoming election. Health professionals will be onsite to check blood pressure and blood sugar levels.       
    “My goal is to let everyone in Cumberland County know that Westover is a positive place,” said Erica Fenner, administrative intern at Westover High School. “Our students and dedicated staff are highly involved and we have great things going on at our school.”  
    Vendors will be on hand to sell their food and wares. Westover’s school clubs will also have tables set up with face painting, storytelling and games for the children. Popcorn, snow cones, homemade items and candy will be for sale.  
The Westover High School marching band and cheerleaders will also be performing at the event.
    {mosimage}“Singing acts scheduled to perform include David Leathers Jr., Westover students, recording artist Quenita Todd along with the group, Truly Anointed and Westover’s gospel choir,” said Fenner. “The Westover students will have a talent show at the festival.” 
    Poet Val Jones will read poetry. The Pink Kat cheerleaders and a group of recreational cheerleaders are also slated to perform. Raffle tickets will be sold and the winner will receive a brand new car.   
    “Our goal is to build a family collegial atmosphere,” said Smith. “We invite Cumberland County and the surrounding areas to come out and have a good time with the Westover District.”   
    The vendor fee is $40. There will be a mandatory vendor meeting on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in the Westover High School Auditorium. For more information call 864-0190.
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