Carnival brings students, families together

MOOERS - It's not every day a carnival comes to Mooers Elementary School, but when it does, the community comes out in droves.

The Mooers Elementary School Parent-Teacher Partnership (PTP) held a carnival at the school March 28, with dozens of students and their families turning out in support of the event.

The carnival was the first one held at the school in several years, said PTP president Linda Steinfeld. The PTP decided to resurrect the event as a means to both raise money for student activities and to bring the community and school together. Planning took several months, involving a seven-person committee meeting on a weekly basis, Steinfeld added, but in the end, she felt it was worth it.

"We weren't sure what the community response would be, being the economy the way it is, but it's gone over really well," said Steinfeld.

The carnival featured several games, including a coin toss, soccer shootout, and a cake walk, where participants could win a homemade cake. The cost to participate in the games was fairly inexpensive, said Steinfeld, with tickets per game costing only 25 cents.

"We just wanted to find an alternative to the regular fundraisers we have the kids do," said Steinfeld. "But, we also wanted to keep the cost of all of the games within reason so the kids would be able to play."

Mark Peck and Kathy Kraft of Mooers took Kraft's grandchildren to the carnival and both were excited to get in on the fun.

"It gives the kids something to do, especially this time of year when there really isn't much out there to do," said Kraft.

One of Kraft's granddaughters, Regina Seymour, is also new to the school, and both Kraft and Peck thought the carnival would be a good way to help her get acclimated to her new surroundings.

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