On Saturday, September 17, hundreds of Middle and High School students and faculty members, alongside their families, came out for a day of fun and games, as the Human Rights Club hosted its 2nd annual Carnival.
Set up on the grass in the front circle, the Carnival hosted a variety of games and activities. Although run by the Human Rights Club, the list of clubs that participated in the Carnival is a long one. Many of the best activities at the fair were sponsored by clubs, such as the mini-golf at the Golf Club’s booth. These activities not only gave clubs a chance to raise some money, but they also served as a recruiting tool, as many clubs gained new members from the Carnival.
This years’ Carnival had many firsts such as the karaoke machine that allowed people of all ages to display their musical talents. Henna tattoos provided by the EGO, manicures courtesy of Habitat for Humanity and the Poetry Club’s face painting booth were also firsts.
Alongside the new activities, there were several favorites from last year. The famous pie toss, which gained notoriety last year for the picture of a pie- covered Brian Cimons eating a snow cone expanded, as several newcomers became targets for plates of pudding.
The food at the Carnival was also a success, as Jazz Co. once again provided delicious cupcakes to go alongside the sandwiches, baked goods, popcorn, and snow cones provided by the Human Rights Club.
With its eye-catching bean bag toss, the Going Green Club provided helpful tips on how to be more eco-friendly and Operation Smile brought back its renowned “Which Celebrity Has This Smile” trivia game.
The profits from the Carnival, which were more than $2,000, will be split between several organizations, one of which is Swazi Legacy. A portion of the money will be sent over to Africa to help finance the costs of attending school for two orphans in Swaziland, giving them an opportunity that many of their peers are denied because of the expenses: to obtain an education.
Despite the overcast weather, the Carnival was still a big success. “We were a lot more successful than last year. I can’t wait to see how it turns out next year!” notes Human Rights Club Secretary Kristin Michels.
Club President Kevin Winnie would like to thank everyone who attended the Carnival for showing their support. “It was a great success not just fiscally but in raising awareness which is the goal of our club,” says Winnie.