In a last gasp of summer, with a nod to the need to get back at it, LoHi Gives hosted a community-wide back to school carnival on August 19. North High School set the stage for an event filled with activities that were educational, philanthropic and just plain fun.
The Jubilee Center sold and donated school supplies, Bienvenidos food bank collected on behalf of school kids in need, a clothing swap proved that one man’s junk is another man’s jewels, and the District 1 police were on hand to share tips on self defense and safety. Peace Jam proffered their own brand of peace and kindness activities that focused on anti-bullying and teamwork. City Year Denver, an organization that helps 9th grade students achieve, brought a hardworking team to run the carnival games and piñata bashing.
Little Man Ice Cream and Menchies served up sweetness. North clubs from ROTC to the baseball, basketball, cheerleading, drama and honors choir manned booths and put on a show at the Pep Rally. Skinner’s cheerleaders led by Cynthia Stockstill were top of class and held the audience captive as they flipped and churned through the air with trust in their team as the guiding principal that landed them safely on earth. Maya Stone, incoming North 9th grader serenaded the guests with her guitar.
The star of the show was the dunk tank and its victims. The kids couldn’t get enough in spite of the blustery sky. Newly appointed Principal Ian Jones of Denver On-Line High School took one for the team and got good and dunked in the Principal Dunk Tank. This is a man who proved he is not only “on-line,” but puts himself on the line in person. Lucky kids. Lucky school.
In her own inimitable style, North Principal Nicole Veltze, got doused on her first day back at school, too, as she threw down the gauntlet for other Denver High School’s to join she and her class of 2018 in the Ice Bucket Challenge, for the fight against ALS disease.
Wrapping up the Pre-School season, Little Man threw a middle school slumber party that brought old friends and new together for a night of pizza, ice cream, movies under the stars, and late night giggling. How do you spell F-U-N?