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Rain Doesn’t Untangle Senior Carnival Spirit

Rain Doesn’t Untangle Senior Carnival Spirit

Over 500 students, parents and neighbors joined the 2013 outdoor Fairy Tale senior fundraiser,
gobbling 430 burgers, 100 sausages, 200 hotdogs, 150 kimbop rolls, and guzzling 1100 drinks.

“Our 75 seniors chose the theme and planned three months ahead. They focused on the animated
Tangled™ movie about Rapunzel with matching activities,” staff advisor Kirby Umholtz said.
“They worked hardest the final three weeks, designing costumes and games for the community
to enjoy.”

Seniors had many comments, and agreed it was fun work — plus they learned a lot — managing
set-up, tickets, games, food, and entertainment:

  • “Younger kids loved live, wiggling fishing prizes.”
  • “Our bouncy castle burned lots of energy.”
  • “Surprised winners enjoyed more frequent cake walks.”
  • “Multiple lines for game tokens worked well!”
  • “Lots of young girls had their hair-braided.”
  • “Classmates had great fun, acting crazy in character.”
  • “Everyone loved splattering hard-to-fill paint balloons!”
  • “Keep games high quality, the best you can. Details count.”
  • “Pick a great theme. Then have unique prizes that people want!”
  • “Have a backup plan for rain.”
  • “Everyone always loves our food.”

Seniors appreciated help from 25 marvelous parents, who grilled and sold burgers, hotdogs, and
assisted everywhere. Essential helpers included IT staff on sound; GIS guards on crowd control
and parking; teachers and principal Bill Sharp, who encouraged and promoted the evening.

“Two new activities were making Korean sugar candy and a costume booth. People really got
into them,” a senior said.

“Family Night started in 2005 with only a movie on the lawn. In 2006 seniors showed “Wizard
of Oz;” four wore costumes. Now it has evolved into a major production!” Umholtz said.

“The seniors’ teamwork, on a high quality family night, is wonderful to watch,” deputy
superintendent Linda Fisher said.