The Carnival Is Coming to Town
Published: August 29, 2013
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Instead of breaking out the books and sharpening their pencils, students at Abington Heights High School devised another way to celebrate the start of the school year.
The Abington Heights Back-to-School Carnival will be held Thursday evening, Aug. 29, from 5-8 p.m. on the grounds of Abington Heights High School, 222 Noble Road, Clarks Summit. The entirely student-driven event will feature food, games, a haunted house and a chance for all Comets to come together before classes begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
The carnival idea was originally conceived by National Honor Society members as a way to welcome freshmen to the high school but then took on a life of its own and became a community- and school-wide event.
Junior Matthew Klucher explained that part of the event's popularity is because it was created by students for students.
"You could sit back and let the administration take care of it and you would probably have a really good carnival," he said. "The thing is, when you have a lot of students participating, you have an idea of what the students themselves might like. There is more of a connection with our peers; it makes a personalized carnival experience for everyone."
Senior Alex Catania said that the event also gave students the chance to test drive their organizational skills, adding that it was helpful for students looking to go into careers such as event planning to get involved. Meetings to organize the carnival took place throughout the summer months.
"It is kind of cool that we get to come to school and organize something," she said. "We complain the first couple of times we have to organize a meeting but when we actually get into the work, it is really cool to organize something and lay everything out and see how everything will come together."
Part of the evening's fun will include fire truck rides sponsored by the Clarks Summit Fire Co. and a special chance for this year's sports teams to shine.
"We will have a Meet the Comets program at the end of the night to wrap up the event," explained senior Maria Sunick. "We have the sports teams come out and introduce themselves to get the students excited for the year and grow school spirit."
Student volunteers agreed that the carnival itself is a non-threatening environment designed to encourage their peers to break out of cliques and embrace each other as well as the entire community both inside and outside of school walls. The event is open not just to Abington Heights students but to anyone residing in the district so that an overall feeling of unity across the Abingtons can be created.
"One of the main reasons we had in making this carnival happen was that we wanted to get the community as involved as possible," Klucher said. "Everything that will happen at this carnival in any way is from the community itself. We are trying to make this into an event that everyone here in the Abingtons can really enjoy and feel it is a part of them."
For more information, visit www.ahsd.org. Additional information on the beginning of the school year may be found beginning on page 10.