SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sunny skies and warm temperatures served as the perfect backdrop for Kennedy Elementary School’s first Carnival Day. Sponsored by the PTSO, the May 11 event featured fun activities for students in pre-K through fourth grade.  

“It is truly amazing to see the planning and hard work from all of the volunteers from the PTSO to put something like the today’s Carnival Day together. There is such a positive culture here at Kennedy School that shines through the smiles of our children today,” Principal Kevin Hajduk told TAPinto South Plainfield. “I cannot be happier with how this day has been organized and supported for the children of Kennedy School.”

Throughout the day, students rotated between dozens of different stations manned by Kennedy parent volunteers. There were inflatables, table games, face painting, tattoos, balloon animals, a photo booth, and more. Music was provided throughout the day and there were snacks such as cotton candy and fresh fruit along with a visit from the ice cream man.

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Additionally, all students had the opportunity to test their aim and send Principal Hajduk, South Plainfield Mayor Matt Anesh and Council President Robert Bengivenga into the dunk tank. 

“Everything we do during school year at Kennedy is to give back to the students and teachers,” said Lauren Tonzola, social media chair for the PTSO and co-chair of the carnival event. “We wanted to make sure that this event was the biggest and the best because they all deserve it. 

“It’s been a long year of hard work and dedication from out teachers and students and the PTSO wanted to hold this event to let them know how much we recognize all the work they have put in,” added Kennedy PTSO President Kimberly Lesky.

Proceeds for Carnival Day were raised through different fundraising efforts and events held throughout the year, including the PTSO’s recent Casino Night. On the day of the event, dozens of parents and Kennedy School family members volunteered their time running games, supervising stations, and even serving as the DJ. Additionally, the school community donated much-needed items such as bottled water and watermelons. 

“We are so appreciative of all the volunteers who put in the time and effort, whether it was through donations or their time. Without them, this event would not have been possible, said Tonzola. 

 “There are so many hard working parents who took time away from their personal careers to volunteer at this event.  Thank you to every single parent, grandparent, and friend who volunteered. You made the day a great success,” said Hajduk, commending event chairs, Tonzola and PTSO co-treasurer Kristin England ‘for going ‘above and beyond’ to ensure that ‘every angle of the day was taken into consideration so that our kids could have as much fun as possible during the day.’

 “This event was amazing from start to finish. Lauren and myself along with the PTSO really put our hearts into this day for the students and staff.   Our volunteers were so great with the students and really went above and beyond what we had even expected them to do,” added England. “It was great that the whole school community came together for this…We really couldn’t have asked for a better day.”

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