WASHINGTON TERRACE -- Police, firefighters and members of the military were invited to join students at Washington Terrace Elementary School on Wednesday evening during the school's annual carnival fundraiser.
"Celebrating Our Heroes" was the theme of this year's carnival and silent auction. Because the event fell on Sept. 11, first-grade teacher, Holly Whittle said the students wanted to invite their local heroes.
"We want them to know we appreciate everything they do for us and the sacrifices they make every day," Whittle said. "The kids were all asked to wear red, white and blue to go along with the theme."
Whittle, along with teachers, Mindi Goodwin and Belen Pulsipher coordinated the carnival. Other teachers at the school volunteered their time to run booths and provide entertainment. Several local businesses provided more than 85 packages for the silent auction, including Jazz tickets and a meal at Rickenbackers restaurant.
All of the money raised will be used to pay for field trip buses, Whittle said.
"It costs about $100 in gas for one bus to take the kids on a local field trip," Whittle said. "And by local I mean the Treehouse Children's Museum or Dinosaur Park. It costs more the further we go and sometimes we have to take more than one bus, depending on the class size. All of the field trips we take are very educational."
During the carnival, students won goldfish, played ring toss, got their hair spray-painted and ate dinner.
Sparrow Roper and Daniela Lopez attended the carnival. The two attended Washington Terrace Elementary School before moving to junior high this year.
"I think it's really important to raise money for the buses so the kids can go on field trips," Roper said. "We went to some really fun places and they taught us a lot of things. They were really worthwhile."