Young Scholar’s embraces the island spirit

August 24, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Back-to-school night at Young Scholar’s Academy was a luau this year, but third-grader Colin Salari is keeping a habit he started in the event’s carnival days: winning at the duck game.

Salari, for the fourth year in a row, left with a stuffed animal after choosing the right duck from among those in a kiddie pool in the school’s multipurpose room.

The festivities are part fundraiser supporting classroom programs and part celebration to kick off the new school year.

The evening began with an informal meet and greet between teachers and parents in their individual classrooms, then, it was on to the booths, which included carnival games and other activities, PTO President Tandi Carroll said.

The games included ring toss, cornhole and pineapple bowling — with pineapples as the pins and a coconut as the ball.

The concession stand offered pulled pork sandwiches, cotton candy, nachos and other treats.

Most visitors and school staff embraced the luau theme simply by wearing leis. Instructional aide Garrett Szilard went a step further, donning a grass skirt and a straw hat bearing another lei.

Szilard thanked his partner at the pineapple bowling booth, speech pathologist/speech therapist Cynthia DeFrancisco, for his look.

“I’m looking good,” he said. “I’m just putting on a show.”

The evening also included an auction of baked goods, gift baskets and other items to raise money for a planned field trip to Camp Marston in California.

Parents came out to support the school and to interact with other parents, while enjoying a family night out, they said.

Carroll said the luau appeared to be a hit with students and their families.

“People are having a good time,” Carroll said. “I see smiles, so that’s good.”

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