Carnival means funds for school, fun for community

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The LRHS Marine Conservation Club welcome guests to the school’s 20th anniversary carnival.

Sienna Rodriguez – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Saturday, LRHS celebrated its 20th anniversary with a Spring carnival. The carnival had food, games, activities, and prizes for people of all ages and was run by the various LRHS clubs.

This was the first carnival the school has hosted in a while, since it’s currently not an annual event. Inclement weather may have kept some people away, but overall it was an enjoyable experience for all who attended.

Senior Angela Baldino said it was a fun experience for everyone, “For the first year it went well, we saw only a few people at our booth. But overall at the carnival, there wasn’t a lack of students and families having fun, regardless of the weather earlier in the morning.”

The carnival started with an idea from National Honor Society (NHS) and the presidents of several clubs have been planning this event since the fall. The total raised was about $1,500 and the money will be split between the clubs that participated.

Senior Connor Murray played a big role in setting up the carnival. He was very happy with the turnout for the first year. “Students really stepped up and made it possible,” he said.

Each club had their own booth with an activity or game and acapella group also performed. Unfortunately, the sports events could not take place and the band could not perform because of the rain.

NHS adviser and LRHS English teacher Mary Ellen Eskett said, “This was the first carnival in many years; hopefully, it can be resurrected as a yearly event for student groups to get together and celebrate.”

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