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The Suburbanite
  • Young Elementary Carnival offers a day of fun for both young and old

  • Students at Springfield's Young Elementary school went to school on Saturday March 24.


    It was not a day of learning, but a day filled with fun games at the annual Young School Carnival.

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  • Students at Springfield's Young Elementary school went to school on Saturday March 24.
    It was not a day of learning, but a day filled with fun games at the annual Young School Carnival.
    The school was filled with kids that brought their parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, cousins and the rest of the family to join in the fun.
    The halls were filled with excitement as more than 500 people played the carnival games and ate great carnival food.
    Principal for the school, Jennifer Ganzer said this was the first time the carnival was held on a Saturday. “We thought holding it on Saturday might spread things out a little making the lines at the games not so long and the wait time for the children shorter,” she said.
    There was a variety of games and fun things to do from face painting to blowup “bouncies”.  Everyone walks away with something from each game. “It may only be a tootsie roll, but they always leave the room with something,” Ganzer said.
    The event is put on every year by the Young Parent Group. This year the group, under the direction of President Nancy Arends, earned more than $2,000 for the school. 
    With over 70 donated prizes for the raffles there were a lot of prizes given out. A large amount of baskets with Ohio State gear to gift certificates for area businesses were given to the winners. The grand prizes included a Lego set, Xbox 360 and maybe best of all, a party for the winner and seven friends. “The party takes place in the evening after school  where they can do all the things they want to do in school, roller skate, sing karaoke on the PA, eat pizza in the kitchen and more,” Ganzer said.
    It was hard to choose just what carnival food to eat. There was so much of it including, pizza, popcorn and the favorite, cotton candy.
    The organization Guardians Against Sexual Predators (GASP) was on hand to finger print children. Volunteers conducted interviews, took photos and pointed out identifying marks for about 75 children.
    Each family received a DVD with the information. A parent can hand to the authorities the DVD if ever needed. “It is great information to have that hopefully you never have to use,” said Ganzer.
    Judging the smiles on the faces of attendees. the day was a success. The money raised will benefit the school in many ways. “I can't tell you how many years the school has had this carnival,” said Ganzer. “I just know it is the same carnival I went to when I was a little kid going to Young Elementary School.”