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Having A Ball - Carnival Raises Cash For School
Basically 'just for fun' but with the added benefit of making some money, Dent Elementary School hosted its annual carnival, put together by the PTO and staged on the school grounds Friday.

Games, rides and lots of attractions were featured, with music and food as well.

Wristbands were offered for $10, which allowed participants to take part in all the rides and games. From tossing ping pong balls to try and win a goldfish to rolling around in a human sized 'hamster ball,' there was plenty of fun to go around.

Students also liked taking their turn at the dunk tank, trying to dunk their teachers.

Bounce houses, a candy bar walk and other games drew many eager participants as well.

The carnival is designed just as a way for families to enjoy a fun evening but this year, school officials said, about $7,000 was raised through the event. That will go to a variety of causes at the school, primarily to fund an art teacher for the elementary classes. Also, some funds will go toward upgrading technology at the school and for teacher appreciation gifts at the end of the school year.

Young Marcos Grajeda, 5, a kindergarten student at Dent, was trying desperately to get a ping pong ball to land in the goldfish bowl.

"His sister already got one but he wants to win one for himself," said his mom, Amelia, as the youngster got back in line to toss again.

Fifth grade friends Daniel Luis and Chase Granis were enjoying sno cones and first grader Owen Nash was enjoying trying to 'dunk' teacher Dave Mangnusson. The weather cooperated and families turned out in force for the festivities.