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Halloween Carnival Gratitude

Thanks to ALL of our parent volunteers and dedicated vendors, the Halloween Carnival was a great success! As many of you already know, the Halloween Carnival is designed to be a fun event for the whole family — and it proved to be just that! THANK YOU!

Special thanks to the entire Villa PTO, who had many committee members designated to key roles in the carnival and many members that assisted in small roles throughout the process. Special thanks to these exceptional parent volunteers: Susan Frank, Kristi Lockwood, Cristen Pennington, Lisa Moore, Mercedes Ryden, and Brad and Kylie TenBrook -- you all are amazing!! THANK YOU VILLA PTO!

E1 Teacher Lisa Moore organized the food court and managed it all night with the help of parent volunteers and Camelback High School students. They worked all night serving up delicious food and grabbing cold sodas — THANK YOU!

Our Haunted House Crew: The Haunted Zoo was creepy and cool – the glow sticks and spooky maze were a huge hit! The creativity and ingenuity was beyond compare! This project takes hours of hard labor and comes down to working the entire weekend of the event, as well as months of prepping and planning. So many wonderful parent volunteers make this event possible — THANK YOU ALL!

Extra, extra thanks to Craig Fotheringham, Adam Perrault, and Lorraine and Charlie Rhoads for managing the Haunted House crew with dedication and tenacity. So many parent volunteers work on the Haunted House and it is such a special feature of the Halloween Carnival - it truly is the highlight every year. They organized everything like true professionals!

Megan McGovern was our volunteer coordinator and she did a fantastic job keeping every ride and game staffed! She stayed at the front the entire night to greet volunteers as they entered the carnival and offered assistance to anyone in need. It was a great help to everyone. THANK YOU MEGAN!!

Kristin Wakefield and Claire Bashaw worked the entrance all night — THANK YOU BOTH!!

Middle School students, under the direction of Christine Davis, Diane George, and Becky Barmore, participated in the Food Court by running the Cotton Candy booth— all with the help of students and parent volunteers. They also provided face painting and sold glow sticks -- all in part of their efforts to raise money for their trips. Middle School students worked in one-hour shifts; they received credit for the hours worked and that money goes toward their end-of-the-year Adventure Trip. THANK YOU MIDDLE SCHOOL!!

AND, as with every year, our Villa maintenance extraordinaire Manuel Chimal worked hard getting everything set-up and organized for the big night! Manuel sets-up and cleans-up every year, and this is truly a gift to the school! THANK YOU MANUEL!!

Camelback High School students — for the fourth year in a row, Camelback High School has sent over some amazing student volunteers. They fill in wherever needed and work all night. Many even came early to help setup. This reliability is priceless and the event would not have been possible without there stewardship. THANK YOU CAMELBACK HIGH!!

Last, but certainly not least, a special thanks to ALL the parent volunteers that came for a one-or-two hour shift and ended up working the entire night. This act of selflessness did not go un-noticed! Every year we work hard to organize volunteers to keep the carnival running smoothly, and no matter the outcome—the parents always step up and make it happen! There are too many names to list them all — so please accept are gratitude and know that we see you!

Rosita's Place Mexican Food donated over 150 mini tacos and two large trays of delicious refried beans - along with all the fixing's, so HUGE THANKS to Anais Sorkhabi, a villa parent and owner of Rosita's place for her generosity.  If you can, go eat at Rosita's Place at 24th Street and McDowell -- the food is amazing!

My Slice of the Pie made deliveries throughout the night to help our food stay warm — many thanks to owner, Randy Bortin, for his help with this! Check out My Slice Of The Pie at 3724 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ. 85018

Excuse my Crepe food truck, brought to us by teaching assistant Maria Moreno was a great new addition this year - I heard a lot of great feedback about the yummy selection of crepes! THANK YOU MORENO FAMILY!

This community is strong because of ALL of you.