It’s a day full of family fun with games, obstacles, magic and more. The Windermere Elementary School (WES) Carnival will provide excitement for all. Parents at the school came up with the idea to hold a carnival as a fundraiser for academic enrichment initiatives for the students.
“Windermere is a pretty exceptional school with amazing staff and families. But with it being a small school, traditional fundraisers like selling things or selling things from a catalogue, they’ve been good, but there’s a limit to what can be brought in because there is a limited amount of people to sell to,” said Bridget Atterbury, Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) member.
Looking to other schools for inspiration, Mrs. Atterbury found that schools had success with carnival fundraisers and often were the biggest fundraiser of the year. So they thought they’d give it a shot.
“There’s going to be an inflatable obstacle course and bouncy houses and there’ll be laser tag and high striker. Then lots of inflatable carnival games and some traditional carnival games and there’s going to be a magical DJ doing magic and balloon animals,” said Mrs. Atterbury.
Mrs. Atterbury said the community has been amazing to support the event with funders covering all the overhead cost so all funds raised go directly back to the students. Along with local businesses supporting the event, the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team have volunteered to man all the carnival activities during the event.
“It’s been really amazing just how people have come together and done that,” said Mrs. Atterbury.
Due to the fun nature and uniqueness of the event, WES is opening up the carnival to all the community.
“It will provide the children with a fun meaningful sense of community and an opportunity to experience an event they otherwise would not experience. A lot of events in town we do a really great job of having the markets and having events like that but this is 100 per cent geared to the kids,” said Mrs. Atterbury.
The family friendly event will help raise funds for academic enrichment for the students. While there are ideas for what enrichments they’d like brought in, no formal plans have been set.
“We have a few general ideas but at the end of the event, we’ll see how much is actually raised and what would be reasonable. Different things like homework clubs, whether it’s science and math based academic enrichments, whether we want to do some more extracurricular sports activities,” said Mrs. Atterbury.
Entrance into the event is $5 per adult and $3 for every child five and up. As well, there will be a minimal fee on all the carnival games for those wanting to give them a try. The Carnival will take place Sunday, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Windermere Elementary School field.