Morris Bye hosts annual spring carnival

Morris Bye Elementary School became an indoor playground March 23 when some 500 people tossed and played and putted and spun during the annual all-school carnival.

Three-year old Skyly Thompson plays a game of roll down. Photo by Sue Austreng

Three-year old Skyly Thompson plays a game of roll down. Photo by Sue Austreng

With playful energy and boundless enthusiasm students and their families sampled sports of all sorts, including putt putt frog, cosmo toss, roll down, TP toss – even an eggcellent adventure was had by all.

Children purchased carnival tickets to play the games and then turned in game-winning tickets to trade for prizes.

Thirty members of Coon Rapids High School’s National Honor Society (NHS) – with students Ryan Voelker and Dallin Wiberg serving as NHS team captains – helped set up and run the games and then helped clean up, too.

“They just did a fabulous job. They put in many hours and were just great,” said Morris Bye’s volunteer coordinator Susan Israelson, who helped plan the carnival.

Prizes – and raffle ticket items  – were donated by Morris Bye families. Support and donations were also provided by such groups and businesses as the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, Bunker Beach, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, St. Paul Saints, Minnesota Zoo and the Kelley Farm.

Serving as fund-raiser for the Morris Bye PTO (Parent Teacher Organization), proceeds support the PTO and may be used to help pay teacher stipends, according to Israelson.

Sue Austreng is at [email protected]

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