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NY Mills Carnival is tonight; Last year's brought $10K into classrooms

Emmalli Myers and Houstin Blickenstaff share the Kindle Fire in Teri Bauck's second grade class. The Kindle was purchased with funds from last year's carnival1 / 2
Connie Vandermay/FOCUS Olivia Smith and Vangie Lilly follow along in their books with the new reading station in Cindy Grothmann's first grade classroom in NY Mills, thanks to funds raised at last year's carnival.2 / 2

It's not every day a carnival comes to New York Mills. But when it does, hundreds of kids will walk away with pink and blue hair, glittery tattoos and a whole lot of loot they won as prizes.

The carnival craziness is not only a good time; it's also for a good cause - enhancing classrooms at New York Mills Elementary School.

The Second Annual NY Mills Community Carnival will be held Friday, Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. in the sports center at the school.

With more than 25 different booths and games, kids of all ages can try their luck at winning prizes. Expect all the favorite booths from last year to return: wacky hair, pirate's den, princess parlor, photo booth and bouncy house. And watch for a few new games, too. Most of the games cost between two and six tickets. Tickets are 25 cents each.

The silent auction is expected to be even better this year, with some hot items on the radar - a signed Christian Ponder Vikings jersey, for one. Each of the elementary classrooms made themed baskets again, including: chocolate, family movie night, books, snow fun, Christmas tree and more. And the new elementary principal, Judith Brockway, plans on handing her reins over to the highest bidder of a 'principal for a day' certificate.

This year, the silent auction will be held in the sports center along with the carnival games, making it easier for parents to browse while children play.

All proceeds will go to the elementary school for education enhancing products. Last year, the elementary school got an extra $10,000 for education. Thanks to funds raised at last year's carnival, teachers updated their rooms with stacks of books, educational games and play stations, and technology purchases.

Cindy Grothmann's first grade classroom, for example, added wireless headphones for a listening center - something the class uses daily for reading exercises. Teri Bauck's second grade class now has a Kindle Fire, which she has found gives her "reluctant readers" a sense of excitement about reading.

Supper will also be available at the school, thanks to the Close Up group. A chili feed will be served in the commons for a free will offering and snacks will be served out of the concession stand.

The Community Supporting Classrooms Committee plans and supports the carnival. The group consists of parents, teachers and administrators.

Following the carnival, stop in and enjoy the fall musical, "Don't Stop Believin'," in the James W. Mann Performing Arts Center.