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Nimitz Carnival a tremendous success

The Nimitz Middle School Carnival—La Feria de las Flores, was a tremendous success. The Nimitz PTA raised more than $5000! This carnival was a wonderful way to enjoy family time while supporting the school. Games, music, fun activities and delicious food all added to the festivities leaving attendees smiling and entertained. Local organizations including, SA2020, GenTex (Generation Texas), Gardenville, Girl Scouts and our brave SAFD (San Antonio Fire Department) provided helpful information to youngsters.

"Talk about entertainment," said Aaron Martinez, Nimitz carnival chair. "MacArthur High School's Folkflorico dancers, Jackson Keller Elementary School's Mariachis, and the Nimitz Choir & Drum Line were all fantastic. NEISD has got talent!"

The hard work of students, teachers and parent volunteers made this event possible. Students from Lee High School, MacArthur Electrical Trades, Olmos, Jackson-Keller and Castle Hills elementary schools also took part in the event. Honorary guests at the carnival included, Councilman Diego Bernal; City of Castle Hills Mayor Bruce Smiley; Alamo Colleges Trustee Yvonne Katz; NEISD School Board President Susan Galindo and new STEM Director Dr. Melissa Alcala.

Teachers, parents and students who attended the carnival were amazed at how much fun it was. Parent volunteers were present at every booth to assure that children would have a chance to win prizes and enjoy all the food the event had to offer.

"It makes such a positive statement to our children, their peers, the faculty and staff to know that Nimitz is worth our time," said Martinez.

A congratulations went out to Ana Ruiz-Brown and the Spanish Club for taking first place in the decorating booth contest. The students did a beautiful job. Also taking honorable mention were, Theater Club, led by Lauren Morales-Davenport, and NESA Creative Writers, led by Amy Stengel.

The carnival also presented a newly crowned King & Queen. The fierce competition had each teacher raising over $100 individually and the Nimitz/STEM staff raising over $900 collectively in a penny a vote contest.

Caroline Bonner, Assistant Band Director (drum line leader) raised $125.

Adan Martinez, History Teacher raised $163.

A special thank you from Aaron Martinez went out to committee chairs and PTA members, who spent the last month preparing for the carnival. Additional thank you's went to Blakely Fernandez; Matari Jones-Gunter, Nimitz PTA/stage coordinator; Sandra Riojas, ticket booth chair; X Fernandez, banner/set-up/clean-up chair; Cici Fuentes, king/queen chair; and a big thank you for Dana Stolhandkse, principal at Nimitz.

All the money raised will go back to the kids through the Nimitz PTA.

Student folkorico dancersMacArthur's Folklorico dancers sport their brightest colors at the Nimitz carnival.



Posted on May 21, 2013