ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
The second annual Hillsboro Elementary School Carnival, held April 20 in the high school gymnasium, raised about $3,000 according to organizers.
The event was sponsored by the HES Site Council, headed by Mark Rooker, site council president.
Members of the community donated about 30 items for the raffle.
“I was overwhelmed by how much stuff was in the raffle this year-a lot more items than last year,” said Jillian McCarty, site council member.
A football signed by Kansas City Chief’s coach Dick Vermeil and about 15 players on the team went to Bob Hein for $120. A basketball signed by Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams went for about $111.
Concessions, organized by Connie Weber, included pizza, nachos, hot dogs, chili dogs, funnel cakes and pop.
At least 20 booths were set up, including a moon walk.
Proceeds from the carnival will probably go toward the HES Accelerated Reader Program, said HES principal Pat Call.
“It tests students’ comprehension of books they read,” Call said. “For $150, you get 50 tests, and we’ve been adding a few every year for about four or five years now.”
Another program to possibly benefit from the proceeds of the carnival is the Accelerated Math Program.
Call said it tests math computation at grade levels and costs about $1,099 per level. The school could also opt to purchase the Kansas Math Objectives to go with the Kansas Math Assessment in the fourth grade at a cost of $200.
McCarty said the site council members and the parents who volunteered worked hard to make it a successful event.
“Just thank you for all the parents that helped,” she said.
The following site council members were also involved in the event: Karol Christie, Rhonda Ediger, Ron Johnson, Valerie Dirks, Gaye Funk, Lana Bichet, Vicki Hein, Connie Weber, Janell Heyen, Jill Brown, Diane Meisinger, Angel Garrett, Cathy Fish, Lisa Linder, Myrna Hamm and Sherry Kaufman.
Teacher representatives were Debbie Dick and Michelle Faul.