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Elementary carnival gives winter a pause

  • Antoine Cloyd, 4, excitedly plays one of the games on the second floor of the gym Saturday, at the Elementary PTO Carnival. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Hunter Hinz, 1, politely waits his turn to play games at the Elementary Carnival. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

  • Elementary students, parents and teachers run around at the Elementary Carnival Saturday. Press photo by Thomas Nelson.

By Thomas Nelson,

Charles City elementary school students were treated to a carnival at the Charles City High School Gymnasium Saturday evening, sponsored by the Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

Children ran from one activity to another, and then down to the bouncy houses. Sweet treats and hot dogs were served and a raffle was held.

There is only one elementary school carnival held per year and it is usually held during the winter.

“It used to be in April. We moved it back to February,” said Tammy Quade, PTO president.

Originally the carnival and its raffles were held to pay for special things at the school, like for physical education and the library, Quade said.

“It’s a good way to thank our kids for doing fundraising and being good and getting everybody out in the middle of the winter,” Quade said. “This actual event is not for fundraising.”

The raffle held prior to the carnival is the fundraising event that helps pay for the event.

“This part pays for itself,” Quade said.

The carnival went off without a hitch despite Charles City Schools being canceled the Friday prior.

“Had it been today, we would’ve had to postpone til tomorrow,” Quade said about the weather. “We lucked out.”

There were 9 to 10 games going on the second floor of the gym where the kids could win candy or prize tickets, Quade said.

There were four inflatables on the main floor of the gym, a cake walk and a booth where teachers would get pies in the face by the students.

Kids also were able to get temporary tattoos.

“This is all for the kids,” Quade said.