With every passing year, Saint Francis School holds their annual Penny Carnival. This hour-long event hosts many fun-filled games and delicious food. The whole school comes together and works as a team in order to raise money for Catholic Charities Hawai’i.
“Penny Carnival is a very fun way to give back to others who are in more need than us. It is also a great spirit builder for classes to bond.” Mr. Chu said.
This year, each division had a specific theme that they followed. The 7th grade division held a ring toss game and also provided pancit and adobo, which are traditional Filipino foods. The 8th grade chose an Italian theme; selling pizza and spaghetti along with hosting ski-ball and criss-cross games. The freshmen served Chinese food and fruit punch. The 10th grade had Hawaiian-themed booths and served pineapples both with and without li hung mui. They had an ulumaika game, and rewarded the winners with a Hawaiian stamp. The 11th grade sold spam musubi and mochi as part of their Japanese theme and hosted a bean bag toss. The winners of the game were rewarded with a silly band. The seniors served enchiladas, supporting their Mexican theme. They also held a water balloon toss, however the catch was that the targets weren’t any old targets.. They were our very own teachers! Mr. Bonning, Mr. Sekulich, and Mr. Takayama were all “sacrificed to the student body” thanks to the plotting seniors.
“This year’s Penny Carnival was very exciting. There are a bunch of new types of games. Teacher are getting wet, kids are laughing, and everyone looks like they’re having fun.” describes Sister Joan of Arc.
All the money that was raised is donated to Catholic Charities Hawaii. A special check was presented by Saint Francis to a representative of CCH at a special assembly on December 8th.
Penny Carnival is a wonderful and brilliant tradition of Saint Francis because all the students work together as a team in order to work and provide for their booths. It brings everyone closer together and it is for a great cause as well.
The division that raised the largest dollar amount is the 8th graders, they cleaned out and sold all their pizza and spaghetti in a record time of 20 minutes! The 7th grade raised the greatest per-person amount. They did a fabulous job and truly deserved to be this year’s winners.
This year’s Penny Carnival was very successful and fun-filled. Teachers were wet, kids were singing and dancing, people participated in fun activities and games, and everyone enjoyed the wonderful food that was sold. It all gave us a break from schoolwork and acted as a reminder to us about how fortunate we are and how wonderful it feels to give back to the community.