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The Spring Carnival is one of the highlights of the school year at the Twin Valley Elementary Center. In fact, it’s so big that it takes an event coordinator and a committee of twelve to make it happen. This year’s carnival is scheduled for Saturday, March 16 and, from its opening at 10 a.m. until the doors close on a building full of exhausted volunteers at 3:00 p.m., is an event guaranteed to be packed with fun. The event is open to the community and is perfect for children who may be entering kindergarten and want to see the school.
The Spring Carnival features games and prizes for the kids, a silent auction, raffle baskets, great food, face painting and sand candy. Also putting in an appearance will be a live DJ as well as members of the Twin Valley Fire Department and the Caernarvon Police Department. No one need go hungry, either, with lots of food donated by local businesses.
“We’ll have hoagies, hotdogs, pizza, soft pretzels, nachos and cheese and a variety of drinks in the cafeteria,” says event chair Tasha Gallagher.
The silent auction begins at 10 a.m. in the school library. Among the 50 or so items up for bid will be a smile, with Elverson dentist Dr. Jeffrey Leiss having donated a package of orthodontics worth some $5,000.
“We feel strongly about supporting the local community. What better way than investing in our youngest in their educational process?” said an enthusiastic Dr. Leiss.
Also coming under the silent gavel are items such as tickets to local theatres, sporting events, museums and other attractions.
“People will even be able to bid on several weeks of camp for their children,” said Gallagher. The silent auction closes at 1:30 p.m.
While the adults browse the auction and eat, the kids can play Ping Pong Toss to win a live goldfish, Skee Ball, Ring Toss, and Angry Birds, each with great prizes. Each game will cost between 25 and 75 cents, making the day both fun and affordable.
“There are games that the youngest of children can play and that even middle school and high school children will enjoy,” promised Gallagher. She added that the games will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The TVEC 2013 Spring Carnival is sponsored by the school’s PIE PTO (Partners in Education) group. Proceeds go to projects like student yearbooks, field trips, student assemblies, after-school clubs and various classroom needs.
With all of the budget cuts facing public education, schools like the Twin Valley Education Center rely on events such as the annual carnival to help make ends meet.
“Our school has so many amazing programs that need our support,” says Gallagher, herself the mother of a TVEC third grader. “We start planning for this event in October. It takes a lot of work and time, but it’s a great fundraiser for TVEC and a fantastic day of fun for the students and their families.”
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