Fort Riley, Kansas



Fort Riley Elementary puts on carnival

By Hannah Kleopfer | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | April 22, 2016

     Children with faces paint­ed up as tigers sat in the grass of Fort Riley Elementary School giggling and talking as they waited for the Com­manding General’s Mounted Color Guard to begin a show April 15.

     Staff and students of FRES spent their week preparing for the annual carnival by creating games for Friday evening and setting them up throughout the school. Children flocked to the mini golf course created by the fifth-graders in the library.

     “I think it’s great for the families and the school in that connection,” fifth-grade teacher Jana Laffery said. “The fifth-graders built this golf course, so they’ve got real ownership and they’re re­ally proud of themselves. So I just think it’s been a really good experience. It gives us the chance to interact with the parents on a different, non-ac­ademic level, and same thing for them to see us outside of the classroom.”

     The event included a silent auction, face painting, cake walks and show from select members of the Command­ing General’s Mounted Color Guard.

     Inga Klusa-curit, spouse of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Klusa-curit, a Fort Riley Soldier, had come with her son Janis, 8, who started attending FRES in February when they moved to Fort Riley from Hawaii.

     “Everything is new and ev­erything is so awesome,” Inga said. “I talked to my friends in Hawaii and said this elemen­tary school is the best … It’s so welcoming. And this carnival, this is awesome.”

     Janis said he helped create the bean bag throw in his class­room, and he was ready to win all of the games he could at the carnival.

     Inside the gym of the school, a large bounce castle was set up for the kids to play on. Along the walls were bas­kets for silent auctions as well as raffles. Students could buy tickets as they came into the event or a bracelet for unlimit­ed games. School staff also sold families pizza. There also were snacks such as popcorn.