As important as it is to make the connection between a community and its school district, it can sometimes be difficult task. Maple Valley Schools is trying a new idea next week to accomplish that very thing — Lion Pride Festival.

The event, scheduled from Saturday, March 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at Maple Valley Jr./Sr. High School, the event will feature local businesses, crafters, home-based businesses and student exhibits.

“This event was created to highlight our students’ passions and their work,” said organizer Jenna Burns, a local parent. “It’s something new we started this year as a way to bring the community together.”

Lion Pride Festival was scheduled around the high school’s production of the musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, which will run twice on March 29, at 3 and 7 p.m. Students will also have artwork on display in addition to other local artists who will showcase their work.

The event is free to exhibitors and to guests, though donations for classroom supplies will be accepted. Burns said there will also be a 50/50 raffle and auction held to raise money for classroom supplies.

Burns said she is already planning the next Lion Pride Festival event for the fall and a back to school theme.

For more information about the March 29 event, find Lion Pride Fesitval on Facebook or email Burns at