Carnival fun and games draw in Prince Albert residents

Jodi Schellenberg
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It’s not every day students can throw a pie at a teacher’s face, but the Carlton Family Fun Carnival gives them that opportunity.

The staff and student at Carlton Comprehensive High School held their second annual carnival to raise money for Relay for Life on Wednesday.

“We have a Carlton team this year, ‘Crusaders for Cancer,’” teacher Jana Wilkie said. “Everything we make is going to go to the relay.”

This year the carnival was complete with a duck pond, pie in the face, a dunk tank, climbing wall and number of other activities. There was even a barbecue to let people enjoy a hamburger while walking through the games.

The school has been involved with the Prince Albert Relay for Life for a number of years on and off, Wilkie explained.

“There was one period of time a few years back where we raised over $1,600,” she said. “It was a challenge that was actually brought to us and many staff members and students came to our student council and said, ‘This is a great cause.’ We listened and it has just been something that really brings people together. It really does.”

Last year they put on a carnival to raise money. After seeing the success of the carnival, they decided to try it again this year.

“We just wanted to be something the whole community could be involved in,” Wilkie said. “It is an event where people of all ages can come out and enjoy themselves.”

The students and staff are hoping to raise more funds this year than they did last year.

“We raised a little over $1,700 last year, so we are hoping to reach the $2,000 mark this year,” Wilkie said.

The carnival is their main event to raise money, but she said they will probably do some luminary sales and other challenges in the classrooms leading up to the Relay for Life.

“This has been our main focus for a while,” Wilkie said. “We have a lot of great people who have come out and just donated their time and equipment and tons of volunteers.”

Around 6 p.m., Wilkie said the turnout looked good and expected many others to come by before the carnival’s 8 p.m. closing.

“Last year we were pleasantly surprised to see just all community members from Prince Albert and surrounding area out, not just our Carlton community,” Wilkie said. “It is a mixture of both and that’s awesome. We love that.”

Relay for Life is a very important cause to support, Wilkie said.

“It has been a long-standing event here in Prince Albert and it is unfortunate but so many people are touched -- their lives are touched -- by cancer,” she said. “It really is an event that people can relate to and unfortunately have to deal with. It just really brings people together.”

Wilkie was proud to see so many people from the school get involved in the event.

“I would just like to thank all of our student council members for their time and effort to create such an event like this and obviously the staff involved that volunteered their time to get dunked or pie in the face or helping to make some of the games,” she said.

“And of course the community for coming out and supporting our little carnival here.

“It has gotten a lot bigger this year and we hope to make it even better next year too.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, Carlton Comprehensive High School

Geographic location: Carlton

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