For many of us Alums, the Halloween Carnival is one of the best memories we have of our time at St. Mel School. The Carnival has changed a great deal over the last 30+ years, but the spirit and traditions we hold dear to our hearts are still very present. The “Hometown” Classroom Booths that each of you manned over the last three days are the one constant that has lasted over the years. The other constant of this event is the parent involvement and support. Without you, we could not pull off this massive and SPOOKTACULAR event. Thank you for taking time to volunteer in the many booths…they brought so much joy, laughter, and happiness to the hearts of all the kids and “big” kids who tested their skills and luck! A very special THANK YOU goes out to the many moms and dads who stepped up and in to man the yellow and red ticket booths!
On behalf of every student, parent, faculty and staff member, parishioner, and neighbor, a very BIG THANK YOU goes out to Brittney Van Velzer! I am in complete and total awe of this woman and mom. One teacher made a comment that it would be awe-inspiring to have a time lapse video that could document the total time, talent, and treasures that Ms. Van Velzer put forth over the past five months to make this weekend happen. It is my privilege to work alongside her each year. Her beautiful attitude invites and inspires others to participate and enjoy themselves while doing so.
The team of parents that also chair the major functions of the Halloween Carnival must also receive a very BIG THANK YOU as well. Jennifer Conmy and Sabrina Kalaydjian created their magic again this year bringing out the BIG…rides and games! Our hearts were full and so were our bellies…THANK YOU to Kat Derrig-Palumbo for bringing in the great variety of food trucks.