R-IX South Carnival Is A Blend Of Family Fun And Fundraising

Judy Kramer
County Reporter
South School Elementary held its annual carnival on Saturday, April 13, from 11 AM to 2 PM. The South School PTO organized the event with help from students, parents, teachers, staff and local businesses providing fun and social interaction, as well as raising funds to be used for school expenses that are outside the school budget. The South Elementary PTO organized the carnival, with President Ashley Palmer in charge. She has helped organized it for seven years, but this is her first year in a leadership position.
“Although donations related to the carnival are still coming in, we feel that we raised more funds this year than last year’s $3,957.82,” said Palmer. “A couple of new activities this year were more inflatables, and a robotics demonstration. I want to thank the community for donating so much to this event. Because of it, we were able to make it so much more than just games,” 
South School PTO Treasurer, Amie Breshears, said that there were games, a silent auction and a raffle for a Black and Decker toolbox. Some of the games included Spin the Wheel and Pop Toss. Food included hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos, chili, candy, snow cones and sodas. Businesses donated items such as Wildcat mugs, oil changes, pool passes, restaurant gift cards, and tool boxes to be in the silent auction. Individual classrooms put together class baskets for the auction covering various themes such as Rainy Day, Outdoors, Nurse Basket, and other creative themes. 
“The funds raised at our carnivals are used during the school year to help teachers get some classroom supplies that the school budget doesn’t cover,” said Breshears. “And, help pay for students go on field trips who otherwise could not afford to go. The money provides refreshments after musical performances, for 5th Grade Graduation, Teacher Appreciation Week, to host movie nights, and classroom parties in the fall and for Valentine’s Day.”
Ashley Palmer said that although she doesn’t have exact figures about how long South School has been having carnivals, she queried friends and family for information, and was able to verify that they have been held for 30 plus years.