Andover Elementary holds first ever spring carnival

It didn’t feel like spring April 3 with an abundance of wet, heavy snow falling from the sky, but the Andover Parent Teacher Community Organization brought the spirit of the season to Andover Elementary School when it hosted its first annual spring carnival.

First-grade student Brett Olson pulls a Dum-Dum to see if he’s won a prize at Andover Elementary School’s very first spring carnival April 3. Photos by Olivia Koester
First-grade student Brett Olson pulls a Dum-Dum to see if he’s won a prize at Andover Elementary School’s very first spring carnival April 3. Photos by Olivia Koester

Classic carnival games and inflatables greeted 1,100 elementary school students, as well as a number of younger children and parents.

In total, the carnival raised nearly $24,000, $18,000 of which was raised through a reading raffle and will go toward the purchase of guided reading books and classroom library sets.

The APTCO will retain the remaining $6,000 from wristband and food purchases, putting it back into Andover Elementary, according to Cathy Witte, the school’s volunteer services coordinator.

Ninety-two volunteers helped the carnival run smoothly.

Inflatable obstacle courses, slides and games set up in the gym were extremely popular.

“The lines are pretty long,” one dad said warily, but he followed his daughter toward the inflatables.

At the other end of the school, students played to win 2-liter bottles of soda and a variety of treats – cakes, cookies, crackers and more. About 500 sodas and 500 boxes of treats were donated by parents and Andover Elementary staff.

The whole event, “it was beyond our expectations,” Witte said.

First-grade student Brett Olson pulls a Dum-Dum to see if he’s won a prize at Andover Elementary School’s very first spring carnival April 3. Photos by Olivia Koester Trying his hand at Plinko, fifth-grade student Calvin Fiala drops a ring onto the board. Tethered to an inflatable, second-grade student Madison Kelvie fights the tension, propelling herself forward in competition with a friend. Kindergartner Maggie Ohland reaches into a sock to try and match two soda bottle caps while Jack Stevens, 4, waits for his turn. Hayley Ketchum, 6, attempts to win a 2-liter bottle of soda, tossing her ring high into the air. Boys pick over boxes of treats donated by Andover Elementary parents and staff after their numbers were called in a carnival game.
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First-grade student Brett Olson pulls a Dum-Dum to see if he’s won a prize at Andover Elementary School’s very first spring carnival April 3. Photos by Olivia Koester

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