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Thousands show support for RHE, Carver schools
Fall Festival raises funds for students, classrooms
Live crabs get a push from kids Saturday as a part of the crab race at the Fall Festival hosted by the PTSOs of Richmond Hill Elementary and G.W. Carver Elementary schools. (Crissie Elrick)

Games, rides, a silent auction and much more lured thousands of people to Richmond Hill and George Washington Carver Elementary Schools on Saturday, when the parent/teacher/student organizations from both schools hosted the annual Fall Festival.
Carver Elementary PTSO president Karen Becker said she believes close to 2,000 kids and parents came out to enjoy the multitude of games hosted at the festival. She said she was very pleased to see so many faces.
“Considering there were a couple of other events going on that same day, I think we had a great participation,” Becker said.
Kids enjoyed laser tag, bounce houses and slides, a video game van, a giant hamster ball, a rock climbing wall and more along with the usual carnival games.
Pre-K student Chaz Costman enjoyed paddling around the paddle boat pond as his parents watched from the side.
“We wanted to come out and do fun stuff for the kids and support the PTSO,” his mother, Melisa Costman, said. “They’re able to raise a lot of money through this.”
Richmond Hill Elementary School third-grade teacher Askia Jackson was volunteering her time Saturday and said she loved seeing all the families.
“It’s good to see the kids and parents here socializing with other families,” she said.
A new addition to the festival this year was the silent auction, which Becker said raised around $7,000.
The money raised at the festival will be split evenly between both schools’ PTSOs, Carver Elementary School principal Crystal Morales said. The money goes directly back into the schools to help purchase “extras,” she said.
Read more in the Sept. 28 edition of the News.

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