Posted 5/24/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
The kids at Central Elementary rounded out the year with the annual Character Counts carnival.
The event includes a variety of games and prizes, and the grades take turns throughout the day going to the gym to enjoy it.
In addition to the fun, the curriculum is designed to instill in the students the six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.
The school also awards several students who exemplify these ideals.
Central has been holding the carnival now for about three years. In past years, the event was held at the high school, but thanks to the completed construction at the elementary school they were able to hold it there.
And that allowed them to let the sixth grade kids volunteer to help out.
Among them was Mason Bentley, who played checkers with the younger kids. He said while he won a few matches, he went easy on the little kids.
Madison Spencer helped out with the science table, where kids learned about the five senses. Among the displays were bags the kids reached into to try to identify by touch what the bag contained.
Science “is one of my favorite subjects,” Spencer said.
Music teacher Michael Osthus said the monthly awards ceremonies offer a real boost to kids throughout the year.
Fourth-grade teacher Jill Beck, who organizes the carnival, said Hess volunteers also pitched in part of the afternoon for the event.
The games included bowling, archery, basketball, a bouncy castle, and something called a Jacob’s Ladder, which the kids attempt to climb up on horizontal ladders.
They also had a splash tank where the kids try to hit a ball to dump a bucket of water on a teacher.
The fun event, said Central Elementary Principal Tim Schaffer, is “a good thing to end the year on.”