Adorned in cowboy hats and western attire, Banning Unified School District students and staff celebrated the return of Banning Stagecoach Days, the annual community event that celebrates the city’s rich heritage with a rodeo, carnival, street fair and parade, held from Sept. 9 to Sept. 11. The festival returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus.
Several Banning Unified schools participated in the street fair, with elementary, middle and high school students staffing booths where they engaged the Banning community by promoting their campuses, staging fun activities and selling homemade gifts and treats to raise money for their schools and clubs.
“The Stagecoach Days Street Fair is a long-standing tradition for our community,” New Horizon Principal Melissa Lee said. “New Horizon has had booths here for over 20 years. This is a great way for our schools to fundraise and meet the community. After two years without a festival, it was a joy to see everyone’s happy faces enjoying an evening together in Banning.”
Members of the New Horizon High School Friday Night Live club gave out free merch, which included bracelets, thunder sticks and footballs, and sold tie-dye T-shirts handmade by the New Horizon business class.
New Horizon students worked in two shifts, with one group coming early to set up the booth, and the next group selling shirts and cleaning up. In addition to connecting with Banning residents, students also earned community service hours they can apply to their Career Readiness Profile, which all seniors need to complete to graduate.
New Horizon also partnered with Nicolet Middle School students to sell cotton candy.
The event was attended by the Banning Unified Board of Trustees, Superintendent Terrence Davis, administrators, staff and the greater community.
“It was such a thrill to see our kids dressed up and having fun,” Davis said. “There is so much to take in, a lot of fun history that is truly Banning. But the best moments were being able to see our students and staff work together and showcase their schools. I am very proud of the role Banning Unified plays in such a close-knit community.”