Steamboat Springs High School juniors Ty Hvambsal, left, and Shane Berube, right, watche Strawberry Park Elementary School kindergartner Ryan McNamara throw a bean bag during the Kids' Carnival on Wednesday morning at the high school. Senior Haley O'Brien led the organization of the annual event with help from classmates in the leadership class.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School juniors Ty Hvambsal, left, and Shane Berube, right, watche Strawberry Park Elementary School kindergartner Ryan McNamara throw a bean bag during the Kids' Carnival on Wednesday morning at the high school. Senior Haley O'Brien led the organization of the annual event with help from classmates in the leadership class.

Kids' Carnival hosted by Steamboat Springs High School students

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Kids' Carnival

Leadership students at Steamboat Springs High School hosted the annual Kids' Carnival on Wednesday.

Leadership students at Steamboat Springs High School hosted the annual Kids' Carnival on Wednesday.

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Three-year-old Margaux Shea plays hopscotch Wednesday morning during the Kid's Carnival.

— Kindergartner Lizette Delgado may have been too clever for the fishing game set up in the corner of the old gym at Steamboat Springs High School. As she held her fishing pole over the low plywood wall, hoping to "catch" a paper fish, she whispered to her friend, "There's a boy down there giving us the fish."

The extra help didn't diminish the excitement of Lizette and more than 700 other local kids during the annual children's carnival put on by Steamboat Springs High School's leadership class.

Sophomore Justin Lormand was the fish guy, crouched behind the wall attaching the fish to the lines as the children dangled their paperclip bait above him.

Preparation for the carnival took several months for senior and carnival manager Haley O'Brien. She and a group of other seniors called more than 40 kindergartens, preschools, day care centers and elementary classes to invite them to the event.

"I remember doing this as a kid," she said. "Most of the stuff we reuse from year to year."

The bulk of the budget - a total of about $20 - was spent on toys redeemable at the end of the event. No matter if the student won one ticket or 20, they could choose a toy to take home.

After about an hour with the first group of students, those prizes, including kazoos, whistles and squirt guns, contributed to the slow descent to child-level chaos.

Strawberry Park Elementary School kindergartener Owen Lansford, complete with a dragon painted on his cheek, proudly walked around honking his kazoo and showing off his nine tickets, mostly earned from the fishing booth.

Back at the fishing pond, senior Meghan Hanrahan, faced with the skepticism from Lizette and her Strawberry Park Elementary friends, explained to the children that the paper fish were blind, and the boy behind the wall only was helping them find the bait.

Lizette appeared satisfied with the explanation, and lined up for one more cast.

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vanguy 5 years, 7 months ago

Given the fears of swine flu, the relation to Mexico, and the fact that over 100 kids from our high school just returned from Mexico.....

I'd like to know exactly WHO thought it was a good idea to invite all the young children of Steamboat to the high school yesterday.

And it was quoted in today's paper that kids from New York passed through the same airport as our students and infected over 2 dozen students at their school.

The school and daycare administrators have been assuring parents that precautionary measures are being taken, and then we mix preschoolers with high schoolers who just came back from Mexico?

Bad Judgement: high school administrators.

Bad Judgement: day care providers

Nice effort by the high schoolers, but SERIOUSLY BAD JUDGEMENT.

Postpone the event next time.

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vanguy 5 years, 7 months ago

Again, thank you high school students for the efforts. This thread is not meant to undermine your time and energy.

My comments are about common sense, not paranoia. If anyone would like to stop by my office so I can cough and sneeze on you a few times, you'll quickly understand the difference.

My comments are about school district and child care providers BOTH communicating to parents earlier this week, assuring parents they are taking every extra pre-caution possible to avoid the spread of illness, and taking a zero-tolerance approach to illnesses in their facility.

Non-essential programs like this are an exact contradiction of their statements.

Let's say half the lifeguards at the pool just got back from somewhere that is experiencing an outbreak of a terrible rash....let's call it leprosy.

Shouldn't we maybe think twice about the pool party they had planned for all the kids in town??????

I would have kept my child home from this event, had I even known it was planned. Our childcare provider gives us a monthly activity calendar, and this activity was not on the calendar. (although the Tuesday parade was on the calendar). Incidentally, child care providers do not refund parents for days lost due to illness. This aspect is a separate issue, and we're dealing with them separately.

Wash your hands, Steamboat.

The swine has been confirmed in Denver, and one of the infected is a baggage handler at DIA.

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rakitchin 5 years, 6 months ago

Vanguy- Just so you are no longer worried, I thought I would let you know that today is May 12th and we still have not had a single incident of the Swine Flu at any school in Steamboat. Maybe it's a good thing the school didn't cancel the kids carnival afterall?

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