There was plenty to see at Wm. E. Hay on May 10 for the annual spring carnival.
Student groups set up booths to showcase their programs and fundraise for upcoming trips and conferences.
“Each group that’s here is part of a different extra-curricular group,” said teacher Joe Thibeau. “So we have the athletic board, we have Students Against Drunk Driving S.A.D.D, Fine Arts, the student’s union, jazz band, ‘Be The Change,’ among others. So each booth is generating tickets that go to offset the cost of the night and their activities.”
Admission to the spring carnival was $2, or $5 per family. Students were able to raise additional funds with the concession and $0.50 event tickets.
“It’s been going on for a number of years, and it’s something we do every spring as the student’s union to put on something for the community,” said Shonna Burkard, another teacher coordinator with student council. “It’s also a good way for the elementary students to see what they are coming into in later years. This is geared for the younger kids, but also the wider community to see what we offer.”
“We have a bouncy castle, and an arts and craft table,” said Burkard. “F.C.S.S is doing a free photo booth. There’s trivia, a couple of tossing games. Then we have ‘pie in the face,’ where our administration team and school board members are volunteering to have pie thrown at them. We also have musical chairs, face-painting and balloon animals and the band is also fundraising for their big trip to Hawaii next year.”
“When our junior and senior highs joined together, so did our students councils, so now they work together to put this on. For ourselves at the school, it’s not so much a fundraiser as a way to invite the community into the school,” said teacher Karly Newbigging. “It’s kind of our culminating year-end thing for student council. We had out Spirit Days, dances and things, so this is our last big event that we put on for the community.”
Following the event on Thursday evening, the school sent out a message on Friday to show appreciation to everyone for their volunteer efforts, with special appreciation going out to Mr. Baharally, Mrs. Enyedy, Mr. Lee, Mrs. Scott and Mrs. Smyth for volunteering at the pie booth.