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Annual Carnival Sat. 10/11, 9am – 12




Bounce Houses, Games, Crafts, Auction & Friends!


CSEF will hold its annual Homecoming Carnival on Saturday, Oct 11, starting with breakfast at 8:00am and carnival doors opening at 9am and running until noon. The carnival, in its second year, is designed to bring the community together in a fun and creative environment.

Beginning immediately after the elementary school Fun Run races, the carnival precedes the Homecoming parade and football game. “It’s a great day to celebrate Clarence’s community spirit,” said Maria Janzow, co-chairwoman of the event, author/publisher, and mom to a Clarence high school junior and freshman – and two alum. She and co-chair Maryl Bedenko rely on community donations and volunteers so that much of the carnival’s offerings are free or just a nominal fee.

“The day starts early with relay races at the high school track,” said Bedenko, controller of PW Minor and mom to a high school freshman and third grader. “We know it’s hard to get all those kids fed and at the school on time, so fun-runners and their families can plan on having breakfast with us! We will be ready with food by 8!” The carnival will open at 9am in the high school gym — so rain will not be a factor).

The theme of this year’s carnival is ‘Travel Bugs’. Attendees will receive a passport and participate in activities featuring different countries and cultures. Once again, the carnival will feature bounce houses, a selfie station, face painting, crafts, an obstacle course, talent show and auction. “It’s such a great event,” said Janzow, “Our high school students volunteer to paint faces, sing, make cotton candy, and run elementary school kids around obstacle courses. It’s really fun to see kids of all ages interacting and having so much fun.”

Last year’s event attracted more than 400 people, and included donations from more than seventy local businesses. For more information on the event, to volunteer or to make a donation, go to


Since our foundation is staffed solely with volunteers, CSEF keeps our operational costs as low as possible. Last year almost 97% of money raised went directly to programming to benefit students!



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