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SUBMITTED PHOTO - A football toss was just one of the attractions that drew hundreds of kids and their families to the annual Forest Hills Elementary carnival last week. Vanessa Leigh Borovicka remembers attending the annual Forest Hills Elementary carnival as a youngster growing up in Lake Oswego, so the chance to serve as chairwoman of this year’s event for her own children was “so rewarding,” she says.

Turns out it was pretty rewarding for the school, too.

Borovicka says the number of tickets sold for the Friday-evening carnival was more than double the number of students who actually attend Forest Hills. Local food vendors, who promised 20 percent of their take to the school, sold out. And attendees donated close to 500 pounds of non-perishable food for the Oregon Food Bank.

Borovicka says organizers are still tallying receipts from the carnival and should know how much money was actually raised for Forest Hills later this week.

“It amazes me,” she says, “what a strong community we have had over the years. And the support for these events only shows the strength and the growth that evolves over the generations.”

— The Review