There was "Digging for Dinosaurs" and "Stuff a Bear." Children were jumping in a bounce house and having their faces painted.


The occasion was La Verne Preparatory Charter School's first Autumn Festival, which was held off-campus last Friday afternoon at Grace Baptist Church.


"We wanted to provide a fun activity for the students. They've earned it," said Principal Debra Tarver.


Anthony Riley, who was coming off a successful bid for a school board seat, also was in attendance.


"Debbie has done an amazing job," said Riley, who will formally be sworn in to office along with top vote-getter Chris Bentley on Dec. 8. "I know she has a tremendous vision for these kids. This event is a lot of fun."


The festival was organized by the school's parent committee group and its board of directors. Helping to make it a reality was Albertsons and other donors.


La Verne's next big event will be the Winter Festival in December. The festival will showcase the school's music program and include performances by piano, bells and choir participants.