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Thousands flock to Wildcat Romp
Festival benefits three RH schools
A volunteer helps younger guests enjoy the popular “hamster ball.” - photo by Photo by Caitlyn Boza
Thousands of Richmond Hill students and their families flocked Saturday to the first Wildcat Romp for an afternoon of fun, food and games in support of their local elementary schools.
The festival offered dozens of kid friendly activities, including bounce-houses, games, laser tag, a giant hamster ball, paddle boats and live entertainment.
In honor of fall, the festival also boasted some seasonal options for the kids – including a giant witch’s nose that was ripe for the picking, full of prizes and green ooze.
Tristan Skaggs, 7, was particularly impressed by one of the creepier Halloween-themed offerings.
“I loved looking at the snakes. They’re so cool,” he said.
Tristan’s mother Tricia was also pleased with the Romp.
“The event was well planned, and everything was very organized. There were so many great activities and booths for the kids,” she said. “We had a really fun afternoon.”
Event organizer and president of Carver Elementary Parent Teacher Student Organization Karen Becker deemed the event a success.
“We had over 2,000 people attend, and everyone told us they had a wonderful time,” she said. “We’re really happy with the way it turned out.”
The total number of funds raised will not be available until later this week, but Becker said she is optimistic.
“I think we did very well in terms of fundraising,” she said. “We’re hoping for big numbers since the event was such a huge success.”
The money ra ised will be used for the construction of new playgrounds for Richmond Hill Primary, Richmond Hill Elementary and George Washington Carver Elementary schools. Any remaining funds will go towards educational supplies for the three schools.
Due to the overwhelming community response, Becker and other PTSO members have already begun planning the second annual Wildcat Romp.
“We’re so grateful to the businesses and volunteers who helped make this happen. It was a community event, and that’s what made it successful,” said Becker. “I can’t wait to do it again next year.”

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