By Mckenna MIDDLETON, intern
The annual Valley View Elementary School Harvest Carnival is more than just a school fundraiser. The event has become a staple in the La Crescenta community. This year’s carnival brought together numerous Crescenta Valley organizations on the Saturday afternoon.
“It’s really a community event. It’s been going on for over 10 years,” event coordinator Christine Aroyan said.
The carnival’s 10 game booths were each run by a Valley View classroom. The fifth grade class manned the concession stand, competing with the Korean BBQ and Hot Dog on a Stick food truck for the chance to satisfy the hunger of carnival attendees.
In an effort to raise money for their upcoming Catalina trip, the sixth grade class hosted a haunted house. Those who dared to enter were guided through a spookily decorated classroom.
Linda Stone-Abrams, a parent and local handmade jewelry designer, added to the fundraising success by hosting a jewelry booth, with 25% of jewelry sales being donated to the sixth grade.
Although the event took place at Valley View Elementary, the community of La Crescenta as a whole aided in the success of the carnival. Rosemont Middle School’s Spartan cheerleaders performed on Saturday as did Crescenta Valley High School’s Jazz Band. Rosemont’s Builder’s Club took the opportunity to better the community by creating a healthy habits booth in which students and parents alike were educated on hydration and being germ-free. The prizes at this booth were fruit as well as lanyards that can be used to keep track of water consumption. Even CV’s Robotics team got in on the action, displaying their robot creations to the elementary school students.
Wherever the eye turned, there was more to be seen including a photo booth, rock climbing wall, and cakewalk. Perhaps most prominent were the smiles on the students’ and guests’ faces.
“It’s just a great, family fun filled day,” said PTA president Misti Toro.