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Teachers soaked at Winterhaven end-of-school carnival


by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Time after time, students aim was on target as they hit the bulls eye, causing a bucket of water to spill onto Winterhaven Sixth Grade Science Teacher Tom Bright. The playground of Winterhaven School, the arts and science magnet school in Brooklyn turned into a carnival on the afternoon of Friday, May 30.

Teachers were getting drenched with water every time students hit the bull’s eye, kids were playing in and sliding down bounce houses, families were enjoying treats, and everyone was having a good time at the end-of-school event.

“The community works very hard here, to make this an excellent school,” remarked Winterhaven PTSA President Fawn Lengvenis. “This is our way to say ‘thank you’ for a year of hard work, and the participation of all our teachers, administration, support staff – and especially, our parent volunteers.

“We all come together and support our children and give them a good education,” Lengvenis said, observing that about 100 volunteers pitched in to make the carnival a success. “We appreciate them all.”

While the kids had the chance to “let loose” for the afternoon, parents and neighbors were invited to browse items in a silent auction.

“Our community voted this year that proceeds from the silent auction are going toward helping to fund support staff for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade instruction,” Lengvenis pointed out. “And, we’re also doing a matching fundraiser that will go toward [obtaining] technology for the Kindergarten through Third Grade classrooms.”

In the background, Winterhaven Sixth Grade Science Teacher Tom Bright could be heard taunting kids to try to hit the bull’s-eye, which would have the effect of dumping a bucket of water on him.

The teasing was unnecessary; the aim of these kids was deadly. Mr. Bright became the star of the carnival, as he was soaked repeatedly.