School isn’t out for summer yet but that isn’t stopping Morinville Public Elementary from having a blast in a big way this weekend. What’s better than that is that the organizers of the second annual MPES Carnival are issuing an open invitation to the entire community.
“It’s going to be huge!” exclaimed Leah Elzinga, chair of the parent fundraising association that’s putting the event on. “It’s a full-fledged community carnival. It’s going to be pretty epic!”
Amid all of the fun and festivities that will be sure to delight young and old alike, there will be a healthy dose of community building. Elzinga said that events like this at places like this are so important to keep people connected. That’s why it’s for everyone in Morinville, not just the kids and families of the school.
“The most important part is that we really feel that schools, especially in small communities, are the focal points for those communities. You have family dances. You have basketball teams where everybody comes out and cheers them on. It’s where you host community programs. We want the public school to be one of those pillars of the community instead of just on the fringes.”
To that end, the organizers have also invited a dozen or so community groups to participate with booths at the event and connect to others while promoting themselves and their programs too. These include Little Warriors, the Jessica Martel Foundation, the Morinville Food Bank, Infinite Woofs animal rescue, the Morinville Public Library, and several others.
Elzinga added that the carnival would also serve as a fine way to remind people where the relatively new school is and what it offers.
“It’s sort of an update for the community and everybody involved. The other part is to say thank you because we do have a lot of volunteers and we do have a lot of events throughout the year. ”
“That, we think, will really help cement the school as a valuable member of the community. And it’s fun!”
The carnival is free for all to attend and the only features to have a cost are the one-dollar photo booth and pie toss. All proceeds go to the school and its programs. Elzinga explained that the first priority is the playground, which needs refurbishment.
City Ford will also be at the carnival with a test-drive program that raises money for the school.
MPES Community Carnival
Runs Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Morinville Public Elementary School grounds
10020 101 Ave., Morinville
Admission is free and all are welcome
• Zoo 2 You Exotic Petting Zoo
• Chiclets the Clown
• Go Fly A Kite event
• Ford ‘Drive One 4 UR School’ test drives
• Huge inflatable Dragon Climber
inflatable bouncy slide
• Toddler Zone
• Carnival games
• Tattoos and face painting
• Rescue pets
• Root Bear
• Photo booth for $1
• VIP Pie Toss for $1
• Food vendors