By Alexander Woodard
Arcata Elementary held its annual carnival fundraiser in October, kicking off with a spaghetti dinner, prize raffles and after moving on to carnival games including “the can smash” and “mini hoops.”
Working in cooperation, the Parent Teacher Organization and HSU Student California Teachers Association members organized the event. The proceeds from the event were to go directly back to Arcata Elementary School, for supplies and basic needs.
Working at the desert table, HSU junior Kayla Newport, 26, said she was happy to be involved in an event that was raising money for the whole school.
“Being a part of giving kids a festive activity outside of school-time that they can attend with their family is a heartwarming feeling, and one of the many reasons why I chose to study Elementary Education,” Newport said.
Overseeing the kitchen and dining area was PTO member Shawnna Young. Young said she has been involved with the PTO for three years and enjoyed working on events.
“I love being involved in the PTO and with these events because its purpose is giving back to the school,” Young said, “It is also amazing because it brings families together—all for a good cause.”
After the dinner, families and children bought tickets they could use for various carnival games at different stations. From the games, students could earn cool prizes including tattoos, candy, toys and many other items, depending on how many tickets they had.
HSU Senior and President of SCTA, Samantha Schrum, 21, said that one of her goals for SCTA this year was to become more involved in the community and by participating in Arcata Elementary School events.
“Participating in events like this provides SCTA an opportunity to work with kids and gain knowledge that we can apply towards future careers,” Schrum said. She also expressed excitement for the remainder of the semester activities.
With lunch tables clustered and a line waiting almost out of the door, HSU students and PTO members concluded that the carnival had been a success. HSU SCTA students and PTO families and teachers worked together for a great cause.