Burton Street Elementary School Principal Mary-Ann MacIntosh, left center, and Debbie Richer, left, assist young students at the sand art table during the Burton Street Elementary School End of the Year Carnival on June 21.
Cazenovia Despite soaring temperatures in Cazenovia, the fields and blacktop of Burton Street Elementary School were peppered with students joyously celebrating the end of the school year at the First Annual End-of-the-Year-Carnival, hosted by the Burton Street PTA.
The children enjoyed a variety of activities, including a massive inflatable obstacle course, a 21-foot inflatable slide, carnival games, a bubble pool, a water sprinkler, sand art, music by Rhett M. Genung, A.K.A. “Rockstar Dee-Jay’z” (donated by Chobani Champions), as well as strolling magic and balloon sculptures by Jeff the Magic Man.
Even with temperatures above 90 degrees, many Burton Street students also participated in the “Jump Rope for Heart” event.
Meg Gibbons, jump rope organizer, was impressed with the level of sponsorship from Burton Street students and the students were impressed with her jump rope skills. Proceeds from this event benefit the American Heart Association, and the students earned $100 in playground equipment for their school.
The flashing lights and helpful faces of CAVAC, the Cazenovia Volunteer Fire Department, Cazenovia Police Department and bike patrol, as well as New York State Trooper Knapp with K-9 partner Kenny, of Troop D, let the students know that they are always there for assistance. Local emergency services personnel demonstrated equipment and answered questions.
Chobani Champions (an official United States Olympic Team Sponsor) Cycling Team Captain, Tim O’Shea, lead the Chobani Champions’ Bike Rodeo, hosted in conjunction with the carnival.
The event included free bike helmets for those that did not have one, bike safety checks, obstacle courses and child identification cards provided by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.
The Chobani Champions’ parfait station, with its variety of toppings, was also a hit with the students.
Thanks to the generous donation of Syracuse Bicycle, Will Fitzgerald, a fourth-grade student, will now be pedaling around on a new bicycle.