ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina College is inviting the public to help it celebrate 50 years of educating East Texas and beyond.
The college is holding a night of family-friendly entertainment with its 50th anniversary carnival on May 2.
“I think since 1968, when we first became an institution, the community has been so supportive,” said Jordan LaCaille, student life and orientation coordinator. “It’s been very important to us, especially the events that I’ve been hosting... to give back to the community.”
Music, rides, games, and entertainment will be free to the public. However, you’ll want to be one of the first 300 guests, who will receive free carnival foods from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests who attend after the 300-person mark will be required to purchase food.
LaCaille said the event has become something more of just a way for the college to meet and visit with community members; the carnival has become a fun teaching moment for students.
“To me, it’s about transferable skills,” LaCaille explained. “Sometimes, it’s hard for students to see why is calling this food truck or why is calling this vendor, what’s this doing for me -- it’s teaching them skills to transfer to whatever career. It’s communication, it’s time management, crisis management.”
The 50th anniversary carnival will be held Thursday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. LaCaille said the event will go on rain or shine. Organizers will set up the majority of the carnival inside the auxiliary gym to avoid a rain-out.