Chamisa Cheetahs host carnival

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

It is occasionally said that the atmosphere at Chamisa Elementary is like a carnival. That statement will become a reality on April 21.
The Cheetahs will welcome the public during their annual fundraiser this weekend. Some of the offerings include sno-cones, cotton candy and games.
The kid-friendly climate will benefit teachers, students, programs and projects to help youth, “put their best foot forward in scholarship, character and life.”
“The carnival is open to everyone,” Tana Beverwyk-Abouda said. “Everyone, that is, who wants to have a great time for all ages, support their local school and celebrate the spring weather by being outside.”
The carnival is a regular event for the Parent Teacher Organization, that has the activity down to a science. Parents and grandparents can watch children enjoy old stand-bys like face painting and a duck pond or folks can kick it up a notch by walking into the millennium with Dance Dance Revolution.
Candy and calorie burning are part of the day’s agenda with the price of admission allowing for non-stop fun throughout the 11 a.m.-2 p.m. event.
Bounce houses, a huge slide, fishing pond, carnival games, cupcake walk, dance games, football toss, lightening ball, edible jewelry making, basketball competitions and other carnival games will be featured, according to Beverwyk-Abouda.
Local food vendors will be on hand to sell lunch items to allow for one-stop shopping and hours of events. Kenny Miller will bring Kenny’s North Carolina BBQ trailer to the event, complete with his grandma’s special barbecue sauce.
The crew under the direction Omar and Trish Sanchez from Timeout Pizzeria will serve pizza by the slice, or those in attendance can buy an entire pie.
“The admission bracelet for $7 allows participation to at all booths,” Beverwyk-Abouda said.
For more information, call Tana at 927-8516 or visit laschools.net/chamisa.