An early morning spelling test didn't stop Rosemarie Barone's second grade class from giggling and grinning about Greenburghs Highview Elementary School's "Fun in the Sun" festivities Friday.
The school smelled like fresh popcorn as children and staff marked its 11th annual carnival. Children laughed and interacted with a magician, had their faces painted and arms tattooed. Arts and crafts were created, as well as a snake exhibit, science tricks, information from a nutritionist and an inflatable obstacle course.
"Honestly, it is very much anticipated and it is very much enjoyed by all," said Barone. "And that's why it's been going on every year. I never want to miss it. It's just fun. Watching the kids get excited about it is half the joy. And the other half is experiencing it with them. It's something the entire staff looks forward to."
Along with ice-cream for a snack, the children were given a free lunch and could choose between a hotdog, hamburger, cheeseburger or grilled cheese.
Barone said one of her former students told his younger sister about the festival. The next day in class, she proclaimed "Trust me, my brother told me all about it. It is so is much fun. You don't want to miss this at all."
The event is funded by the school's Parent Teachers Association. A decade ago, Barone headed a very fruitful tag sale on its behalf. The money raised went to the inaugural "Fun in the Sun."
The Highview students currently have two weeks left of class as school ends June 24. Next week, the school will hold Sports Day and a picnic in the warm, outdoor-friendly summer weather.
What end-of-year activities does your child's school have planned?
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