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Highlands to host fundraising carnival

Event raises thousands to help school purchase equipment

Posted: April 29, 2009 8:25 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2009 6:00 a.m.
 

Highlands Elementary School will host its Highlands Carnival, the school’s biggest annual fundraiser, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

“With the downturn in the economy and the budget issues facing our school, it is more important than ever that we all pull together,” Amy Ganyo, Highlands Carnival chair, said.

In past years, the carnival has raised up to $16,000, Ganyo said.

Money raised at the carnival and from other fundraising events throughout the year go toward the operation of the school library and toward purchase of  playground equipment, books and supplies in the classroom and transportation for field trips.

The annual carnival, which typically draws 2,000 people, is organized by the Parent Faculty Organization at Highlands, an all-volunteer group.

This year’s carnival has a western theme, Ganyo said.

More than 125 volunteers are signed up to donate their time to the school fundraiser.

The event includes a range of activities, including carnival games, an inflatable bounce house and pony rides, she said.

“That’s what the kids really, really love,” she said.

In line with the western theme, students will act out scenes from “Annie Get Your Gun” and will perform line dances, she said.

The carnival also will feature a silent auction. Guests will be able to purchase baskets and take part in a school-wide raffle, she said.

The school is located at 27332 Catala Avenue in Saugus. For more information about the carnival, (661) 268-4041.

 

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