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Carnival Welcomes Sunny Skies
The weatherman smiled on Dent Elementary school students and their families on Friday, as the school hosted its annual Family Fun Day carnival on the grounds of the Yosemite Avenue campus.

Bounce houses, a dunking booth, games of every variety, food, music and fun were just some of the features of the annual event.

Scout Pack 415 offered the popular 'win a goldfish' ping pong ball toss, Girl Scouts of Troop 1860 were busy airbrushing temporary tattoos onto customers at their booth. Sno cones and pizza were available, kids enjoyed a candy bar walk - though the warm temperatures made for some melted sweet treats - and there was a soccer shoot out, a mini tilt-a-whirl ride and a giant slide.

In the dunk tank, principal Scott Ferreira drew a crowd hoping to hit the target with the baseball to send him into the tank, and the principal also was armed with a water gun to soak the occasional ball thrower.

Principal Kendra Helsley said she also offered to take a turn in the dunk tank, but other teachers were willing to fill the role this year.

"This is for our community, friends, parents," Helsley said of the Friday afternoon celebration. "We lucked out again this year with the weather."

Rain the previous week had organizers concerned but the conditions were nearly perfect, with bright sun and a light breeze for the festivities.

"There is a tremendous amount of work put in by the parents club and our teachers, almost exclusively it is organized by the parents," noted Helsley.

Several teachers also helped to coordinate and keep the events running smoothly, while those attending could also take a chance on a variety of prize baskets, with proceeds to benefit Sixth Grade Science Camp.

"We had Key Club students come over from the high school to help us, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, businesses donated prizes for the science fair fundraising, D'Boni's provided pizza for us to sell, they provided it to us at a tremendous discount," said Helsley. "This is very much a community event."

Kindergarten student Amber Maxwell, 5, was busy all afternoon and finally took time to toss a couple of baseballs at the dunk tank, wearing a Hawaiian lei she had won as a prize and eating a lollipop she got at the lollipop pull booth. Brother Dylan, a first grader, was also taking part in a number of games and events.

"I liked the bounce house," he said as he headed off in search of more fun.

Helsley said the event comes just before students get busy with state tests and offers them the chance for a little fun. Following the state testing, she said, they will celebrate with a 'students only' field day later on in the school year.