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HOTL Carnival ‘truly a community success’

The gymnasium at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School was packed with people on Friday. The gym was the site of food, a large silent auction and multiple bounce-houses for the kids. The hallways were packed, too, as games were spread out around the whole school. Photos by Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Hundreds of kids and families showed up to Heart of the Lakes Elementary School’s Carnival on Friday evening to play games, eat food, and help raise funds for some new playground equipment at the school.

Principal Kari Yates said Monday that the carnival was “an overwhelming success,” with nearly $30,000 raised and lots of fun had by families.Brothers Cody and Bentley Eade pick prize-winning ducks from the ‘duck pond’ game.

“We were extremely pleased with the turnout,” said Yates. “This is truly a community success.

Brother and sister, Adelyn and Jacobey Wilhelmi, race minnows to win prizes. Kids made the minnows move by squirting them.We are so grateful to everyone who supported us in any way at all, big or small.”

The halls, classrooms, and gymnasium of the school were jam-packed with people playing games, bidding on silent auction items, and participating in family-friendly activities.

The ring toss game is always popular with kids, who get to keep any pop bottles they get a ring around.Yates said this year’s silent auction was the school’s biggest ever, with more than 160 items up for bid and bringing in nearly $10,000. Another $18,000 was raised through student-sold raffle tickets.

“This will give us an incredible start toward our playground replacement project,” said Yates.

Yates commended the parents on the steering committee, the families who got their kids out selling tickets, the staff and the community for their support and generosity.

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in rural Frazee with her husband, Dan, their young son and daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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