LONG BRANCH: The Long Branch Parent, Teacher and Students Organization's (PTSO) first annual Community Carnival was open for happy and serious times last week, Wednesday, July 29 through the fireworks display on Saturday evening.
The event, an idea of the PTSO Council, is not only a fun summer event, but also a project to raise funds for special purposes in the school system. The carnival funds scholarships for Long Branch High School students, purchases food and toys for the less fortunate in the community and provides for assemblies and programs that complement those provided by the schools' budgets.
Volunteers from the group manned the booths and rides for the carnival as 30 adults, teachers, parents and community members with assistance of 20 community-minded students helped out . In addition, volunteers from surrounding communities also brought helpful hands to the first-time challenge. There was also a nightly 50-50 that added to the funds raised and to the excitement.
PTSO President Monica Lynch and event Chair Person Cheryl Scuorzo were pleased with the success of this year's initial event and the support from the community. They explained the event "...benefits all the children of Long Branch and is good for the community."
The event also brings the community in a common reason all share in the well being successful learning opportunity for the students.