Carnival for Miller School Playground
by Paul Saulnier 4/14/12
A full day of fun, magic, information, safety, and fund raising at Placentino School for the Miller School Playground.
Any more people in the cafetorium and Chief Mike would have been concerned.
Getting ready for their giant gift to the playground fund, members of the Holliston Autism Committee are, l to r, Mary Flansburg, Sandy Mack, and Sheri Clyde. School committee member Donald Gray is ready to make the announcement.
Donald accepts the check from Mary Flansburg, above and below, for $8,000 raised during the Holliston Autism and Special Needs Walk last September. Another walk is scheduled for next September 9, 2012. Last year's walk drew about 200 dedicated walkers. For more on this effort: http://www.hollistonautismwalk.org/
Also happy to accept the gift are Miller School Principal David Keim and Assistant Principal Maureen Barnowski
After the formalities, magician Ed Popielarczyk captured the attention of the kids and adults with his on-stage antics and tricks. Making the kids participate in the tricks added to the fun, whether it was making scarfs tie themselves together...
or move from a box to a bottle, always with magic words shouted out good and loud by members of the audience.
Ed gets some advice from this eager boy while his female assistant waits patiently for her assignment.
Neither participant ever heard of William Tell, but both were ready to play out the legend.
Ed finished his session with a snake that can pick out the three of hearts from a deck of cards.
New York Life set up a table to inform parents of the identification program for kids.
Music, Movement, & More (http://asoulspiritjourney.com/) was there to offer information on their services.
A varienty of activities were offered like spin art...
... face painting...
... ring toss onto a picket fence...
... and bowling; home-made games, a refreshing change in this world of cyber games.
Hula-hoops are alive and well in Holliston.
Sharon-based Everwood Day Camp (http://www.everwooddaycamp.com/) was an event sponsor.
Chamberlain Pines Swim and Tennis Club (http://www.chamberlainpines.com/), also an event sponsor, was on hand to answer questions about their great facilities on Chamberlain Street.
The long lines at the three Bouncy Towers confirmed their popularity with the kids. Part of the attraction may be that adults are not allowed in.
Michelle Johnson, one of the event organizers, said that over 400 tickets were sold to and raised $4,000.00 for the new Miller School playground.